Posts Tagged: social action

A Passover Social Action Update from the RAC



Every year I look forward to Passover, when we gather with family and friends, share a festive meal, and retell the story of our exodus from Egypt – with all the lessons applied to today’s urgent moral dilemmas and to the struggles for freedom in America and across the globe. At every seder, I am […]

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60+ Reform Rabbis to Shave Their Heads in Support of Pediatric Cancer Research



During the 125th annual Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Convention, more than 60 Reform rabbis will shave their heads to raise awareness of and funding for pediatric cancer research. As the religious leadership of Reform Judaism, the CCAR Rabbis strive for justice and wholeness and health in the world in for all people. At […]

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Saperstein Condemns Anti-Semitism Against Ukrainian Jewry



In response to several anti-Semitic incidents in Ukraine, the site of ongoing social upheaval, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, released the following statement: The events in Ukraine are deeply concerning for all who value human rights. We pray that the unrest will be resolved in a peaceful and […]

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Jay Ruderman: Disability Issues are Issues of Social Justice



by Jay Ruderman Wikipedia defines social justice as, “the ability people have to realize their potential in the society where they live.” This definition can be broken down into three parts: realizing potential, in society, and where they live. For Jewish people with disabilities, each of these parts presents a challenge – and for the […]

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URJ President to Spend Night at Homeless Shelter He Founded 30 Years Ago



In 1983, when Rabbi Rick Jacobs was the rabbi at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue (BHS), he had a vision to start a shelter to address the growing problem of homelessness in New York City. Thirty years later, the first synagogue-based homeless shelter in New York City is still responding to the need, run by volunteers from […]

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Reform Movement Allocates $125k for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts



On November 7-8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, made landfall in the Philippines. The storm came on the heels of an October earthquake that had affected more than 3 million people and disrupted life for more than 14 million Filipinos (nearly 15% of the total population). According to UNICEF, nearly […]

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MLK Day Interfaith Swabbing



When Jay Feinberg was diagnosed with leukemia in 1991, he needed a bone marrow transplant to survive. Because bone marrow type is linked to DNA, and therefore one’s ancestry, as an Ashkenazi Jew, Jay had less than a 5% chance of finding a match. It took years of searching for Jay’s friends and family to […]

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Help the URJ Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan



In the early morning hours of November 9, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. The equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, the storm displaced hundreds of thousands of people throughout the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the region’s Pacific Islands. Initial accounts indicate that as many as 10,000 lives have been lost, and authorities […]

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Why Do People Volunteer at the Synagogue?



by Neil Platt Earlier this year, my synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom of the Woodlands, endeavored to build a new Havdalah area with a wooded trail and outdoor teaching area. Happily, we completed the work in time to consecrate the area during this year’s Yom Kippur Havdalah service. Nearly 200 people withstood the Texas summer heat […]

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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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May the New Year Be a Good Year for Us



Shana tovah u’metukah (a good and sweet new year) from all of us here at the Religious Action Center! As we prepare to leave 5773 behind us and welcome in 5774, we pause to reflect on the closing year, and look to the next with hope and with solemnity. In the coming days, Jews across […]

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MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger & URJ Campers Send Over 500 Letters to President Obama



It’s so hard to believe the summer is coming to a close. It feels like just yesterday that I was gearing up for another summer of travel, visiting URJ camps across the country to teach a Hunger Advocacy program on behalf of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. I was thrilled to visit URJ Greene Family Camp, Eisner Camp and Crane Lake Camp this summer, and I am left with so many fantastic impressions from the kids I worked with.

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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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High Holidays Inspiration from Rabbis Organizing Rabbis



by Rabbi Erica Seager Asch As we enter the month of Elul, we are aware that Tishrei is almost upon us. Sitting in front of our computers, we might think to ourselves “Stop mulling and just write the sermon!” But writing High Holiday sermons really does require that we ponder what to preach. Every year, […]

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