RAC at J Street: Join Us for Tzedek With a Twist!

If you’re among the Reform Jewish clergy, leaders, and activists who will be in Washington, D.C., this weekend to attend the annual J Street conference, we’ve got an invitation for you! We hope you’ll join the Religious Action Center and senior Reform Movement leadership at a casual reception on Sunday evening at the Old Dominion Brewhouse. Just like we did during the AIPAC conference earlier this month, we’ll take this opportunity to socialize with old friends and meet new ones – and we’ll also celebrate the Israel Religious Action Center‘s 25 years of successes and honor director Anat Hoffman’s 10 years with the organization. Hoffman will be one of the conference’s featured speakers and will join us for this Reform reception. Details are as follows:

What: Tzedek With a Twist: J Street Reception
When: Sunday, March 25, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Old Dominion Brewhouse, 1219 9th St NW, Washington, DC (get directions)
RSVP: On the Facebook event

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism will provide snacks at the event, and a cash bar will be available for our guests of age (though all are welcome to attend the event). RSVP now, and let us know if you have any questions.

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Daphne Price

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Daphne Price is the RAC's Development Director.

3 Responses to “RAC at J Street: Join Us for Tzedek With a Twist!”

  1. Religious Action Center

    Thanks, Larry & Rabbi Guttman, for your comments. As Rabbi Guttman noted, we’re committed to reaching out to Reform Jews – clergy, lay leaders, congregants, young people – wherever they may be. Just as we hosted a happy hour during the AIPAC conference & will do the same during the J Street conference, we’ll be doing the same during TribeFest, a conference for 22- to 45-year-olds early next week. These opportunities are all about connecting with one another and recognizing that we’re all part of the same Reform family.

  2. I am sure that critics will find fault with holding this reception. Personally I am anything but a supporter of J Street and have in the past disagreed with many of their positions.

    That being said, it was absolutely terrific that the RAC hosted a similar reception at the AIPAC Policy Conference last month. I am on the AIPAC National Policy Committee and have been an AIPAC activist for more than twenty years. Our informal gathering was an opportunity to interface with Rabbis David Saperstein and Rick Jacobs as well as others on the RAC staff. By the way, more than 100 Reform Rabbis attended this year’s AIPAC Policy Conference.

    I think that you do not need to love J Street to think that reaching out to Reform rabbis, lay leaders and congregants who are in town for because of J Street’s being in town is a good idea. As one who attended the “Tzedek with a Twist” the RAC hosted when AIPAC was in Washington earlier this month, I am pleased that the RAC is reaching out again.

    In addition, you might be interested in knowing that both AIPAC and J Street hosted receptions at the URJ Biennial.

    In my opinion, one of the great heroes (or perhaps “she-roes”) of our movement is Anat Hoffman of the Israel Religions Action Center. She is to be a presenter at the J Street Conference and will be at the reception hosted by the RAC.
    When one puts all of the above together, one should conclude that we should not be afraid of negative blowback from this reception.

    Rabbi Fred Guttman
    Temple Emanuel
    Greensboro, NC

  3. Larry Kaufman

    As someone who is more often than not on the same page as J-Street, I’m nonetheless well aware that many Reform Jews are troubled by some of its positions and how they are expressed. We need only think back to the firestorm when Rabbi Jacobs was named to head the URJ professional staff, because of his identification with the organization.

    Accordingly, in publicizing this event in conjunction with the J-Street Conference in a public medium like the Reform Judaism blog, I think we ought to be explaining why leaders of our Movement are there, and how the RAC and the Union relate to J-Street and to its positions.

    Tzedek with a Twist? One thing we can be sure of — there are folks out there who will twist our participation at whatever level into a message other than that which the organizers have in mind. Let’s head them off at the pass.

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