Posts Tagged: RAC

NFTY Takes on Malaria



By Olivia Kessler Did you know malaria is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito carrying the Plasmodium parasite and kills 600,000 people every year? Did you know malaria exists in 109 countries around the world, making half of the world’s population susceptible to the disease? Did you know that every 60 seconds a child […]

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Reform Jewish Movement Applauds Implementation of State-Paid Salaries for Reform Rabbis in Israel



In response to the Israeli government’s fulfillment of its court-ordered obligation to pay the salaries of four non-Orthodox communal rabbis, Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: Tuesday’s announcement that four non-Orthodox communal rabbis have received state-paid salaries represents a major step forward for religious pluralism […]

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Reform Movement Condemns Government Shutdown



In response to the failure of Congress to pass a funding bill, resulting in a government shutdown, Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement today: On behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.3 million Reform Jews, and the […]

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A Net Gain in Tanzania



In the northwest corner of Tanzania sits the country’s sole refugee camp. Camp Nyarugusu houses nearly 68,000 refugees, mostly from the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo. Many have been at the camp since 1996 when the civil war forced them out of their homes. Others are escaping more recent violence, such as the chopping […]

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Participate in the Weekend of Twinning



The RAC is, for the first time, co-sponsoring the Weekend of Twinning with the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and the Islamic Society of North America. Join the largest ‘gathering’ of Muslims and Jews anywhere in the world by partnering for a weekend of learning and exploration with a local mosque. Most 2013 Weekend of Twinning […]

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Protecting Gay Youth from Dangerous “Therapy” and Marriage Rights for All



by Rabbi Stephen D. Gold On Monday, June 24th I visited our Trenton Statehouse.  I attended with a group called Garden State Equality, and our purpose that day was to speak with legislators about two specific bills, one of which would make it illegal for licensed therapists to do what is called “Gay Reparative or […]

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At URJ Summer Youth Programs, the Heat is On!



As I write this, more than 12,000 youth, teens, college students, and young adults are participating in our summer programs. Our diverse summer line-up includes the URJ Camps, NFTY in Israel trips, NFTY-EIE High School in Israel, RAC Machon Kaplan college internship program and KESHER Taglit-Birthright Israel trips. Staffing these programs are more than 1,000 […]

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Inclusive ENDA Advances in the Senate for First Time



Today, for the first time ever, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted to advance and inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (S. 815). If passed, ENDA would finally make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire, demote or fail to promote an employee based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. […]

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Never Turn Your Back on Justice



Five years ago, I served as a volunteer on the campaign opposed to the ratification of Proposition 8. In my mind, the proposition was a direct assault on the rights of same-sex couples, many of whom are members of my community. During the 2008 elections, I walked through my neighborhood passing out leaflets encouraging people […]

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Jewish Leaders Call on Knesset to Reconsider Bedouin Resettlement



Last week, Rabbi David Saperstein, on behalf of the Religious Action Center, joined with T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association to urge the Knesset to reconsider a bill that will resettle between 30,000 Bedouin in Israel’s Negev. On June 24, the Knesset voted 43-40 to approve a first reading […]

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Reform Movement Welcomes Ruling in Marriage Equality Cases



Reform Movement leaders issued a statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on marriage equality in the cases Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v. Perry. The following statement comes from Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Steve Fox, chief executive of the Central Conference of American […]

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What Would the Talmudic Rabbis Think of the NSA?



Thanks to two leaks of classified information, we have been hearing about data collection practices at the NSA. The evolution of new technologies requires us as a nation to thoughtfully consider how to strike the proper balance between protecting national security and protecting individual privacy. The revelations of the last few weeks, arguably, fall somewhere […]

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Let’s Talk About Gender Identity



Wow! In my first two days interning at the RAC, I have learned so much about some of the issues that the RAC specializes in, including LGBT rights. On Monday, June 17th, I attended a meeting held by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health to discuss important issues that affect the LGBT community. The […]

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Nation Marks 6 Months Since Sandy Hook Shooting



A human ribbon of remembrance formed on the lawn just west of the Capitol. Donning green shirts, which represented the school color of Sandy Hook Elementary, those gathered marked the six-month anniversary of the shooting in Newtown, CT. Despite public outcry and a groundswell of support for proposed legislation, our nation has yet to realize […]

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