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This Week at the RAC: Sukkot, ENDA & Gun Violence Prevention

Chag sameach! I hope you’re enjoying Sukkot as the Fall parade of Jewish holidays continues. Under the expert leadership of Michael Namath, we built our sukkah on the RAC’s front lawn. We’re looking forward to welcoming friends of the RAC, former staff and interns to join us for lunch in the sukkah on Tuesday. If you’re in DC, come by (and RSVP here by Monday so we can provide enough food for all).

Last Tuesday, we held our Faiths Calling day in support of ENDA, spearheaded by Rachel Laser. Scores of other faith groups participated in this effort to get the Senate to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and ensure that under federal law no one can be fired, refused hiring or promotion, or demoted based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. You can see the statement from faith leaders here. The lines for the call-in campaign are still open – take a second to dial in if you haven’t already!

There’s been some good coverage of the rabbis’ and cantors’ letter we coordinated in support of immigration reform and released last week right before Yom Kippur. This story from Southern California Public Radio highlighted the involvement of Leo Baeck Temple’s Rabbi Rachel Timoner, and this story from Religion News Service focused on the national effort.

This week, David Saperstein hit the road for a speech at Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Des Moines, Iowa. David spoke on “Finding Peace in the Middle East.” CSA member and B’nai Jeshurun congregant Sally Frank was part of the crowd that welcomed David to Des Moines.

In case you missed it, Rick Jacobs had an opinion piece in the Forward recently, focused on the ways we are working to ensure religious pluralism in Israel.

Finally, we were all deeply saddened by Monday’s tragic shootings at the D.C. Navy Yard just a few miles across town. The twelve victims have now been added to the list of those whose lives have been cut short by senseless gun violence. Congress has been dragging its feet on this issue, so if you have not yet urged your representatives to support background checks on gun purchases, take a moment to send that email now.

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Barbara Weinstein

About Barbara Weinstein

Barbara Weinstein is the Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism and Associate Director of the Religious Action Center.

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