World AIDS Day
Today is more than just the first night of Hanukkah. It is World AIDS Day. Hanukkah celebrates the victory of a small group of Maccabees against the seemingly insurmountable armies of King Antiochus. We also remember of the miracle of Hanukkah, during which one day’s supply of oil lasted for eight. We hope that we can defeat the HIV/AIDS epidemic, just like we overcame the armies of King Antiochus, and that a new light of hope will shine.
The RAC, in cooperation with the ONE Campaign and the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, has created a program guide for the movie “The Lazarus Effect.” The film follows the stories of four people living with HIV whose lives were transformed by access to treatment. You can share this movie in Sunday schools, youth groups, brotherhoods, sisterhoods, and more to raise awareness and join with others who are working to curb the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS, especially in Africa. To access the program, sign up at the website: www.one.org/us/lazarus. When you sign up, the Red Campaign will send you a free copy of the DVD.
The RAC has also joined with the National Council of Jewish Women and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs to issue a joint statement commemorating Hanukah and Worlds AIDS Day.
You can click here to read a statement signed by the Union for Reform Judaism and the Woman of Reform Judaism, among dozens of other organizations that are committed to fighting against AIDS
World AIDS Day Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State
Some News Articles
Looking to Africa for Aids-free generation
By: Desmond Tutu & Anthony Lake
America’s Global Fight Against AIDS
George W. Bush
Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian Stage Online Death For World AIDS Day
By Gil Kaufman