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URJ Kutz Campers and Immigration Advocacy

URJ Kutz Camp Talks Political Advocacy

This summer, a class of teens at the URJ Kutz camp in Warwick, NY studied political advocacy with Alison Stamm, the Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Sinai of Roslyn.  Alison’s minor, called “Get up. Stand up. Stand up for your rights,” emphasized the importance of influencing legislative change for the greater good.  Drawing upon materials from the Religious Action Center, these teen activists studied Jewish text, researched legislation and created videos to share their values with their communities and elected officials on three important issues: immigration, disability rights, and pluralism and women’s rights in Israel.

Encouraging the United States House of Representatives to rafity the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:

Encouraging the United States Senate to pass common-sense comprehensive immigration reform:

Standing with the Women of the Wall:


Rabbis Organizing Rabbis – Action for Immigration Reform in Ohio

This article, which originally appeared at the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple blog on June 21, 2013, is an excerpt of prepared remarks from a meeting between Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH).

Senator Portman, my name is Rob Nosanchuk.  I am Senior Rabbi of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple and I am here with Rabbi Rick Block of The Temple Tifereth Israel, Rabbi Lewis Kamrass from Wise Temple in Cincinnati and Joy Friedman, of the Union for Reform Judaism. We recognize the gravity of this particular moment in the U.S. Senate. We approach you to ask that you stand in alliance with the coalition meeting with you today, in advocating strongly for a just solution to the broken U.S. immigration system.
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Faiths Calling

Faiths Calling – A Success!

Our cup runneth over! Because of our collective efforts, we flooded the Senate with some 10,000 calls from Americans of faith at precisely the right moment preceding the Senate debate and imminent vote on a bill.

Our success is a testament to the dedication of more than 75 diverse religious denominations and organizations who worked tirelessly to promote Faiths Calling and to encourage their members and congregants to call the Senate.

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Pesach Banner

Haggadah Round-Up

As you sit down for your seder this year, prepare for a richer experience. These specialized haggadahs provide insight and awareness for a more meaningful seder. Whether you download an entire haggadah focused on one social justice issue or adding thematic supplements, Pesach is the perfect opportunity to inform our Jewish rituals with social justice concerns.

Visit our holiday guide for even more resources to enhance your Passover!

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Purim and Giving

Fun costumes, drinking (for those who drink), delicious hamentaschen, Haman (booo!), Esther and Mordecai, another tale of Jewish persecution and redemption: these are the first thoughts that come to mind when I think of Purim. I grew up living a somewhat ‘typical’ Reform Jewish East Coast life, where I learned about and celebrated the various Jewish holidays at Hebrew school, camp, and youth group. The annual production of the Purim Spiel in my home congregation was a huge deal; an outside producer was even hired as the director! As a child, Purim served solely as an excuse to dress up in costume and run around with friends.

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State of the Union

Reform Movement Reacts to SOTU Address

Earlier this week, Reform Movement leaders outlined their hopes and priorities for President Obama’s State of the Union address. President Obama spoke about almost all the issues our leadership raised, including:

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State of the Union

Reform Jewish Leaders Outline State of the Union Priorities

State of the Union

Tonight, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation. Leaders of the Reform Jewish Movement are highlighting key issues they hope President Obama will address in the speech and calling on the President and Members of Congress to act swiftly on pressing domestic and international concerns.

Watch it here after the jump & watch the President’s address to this joint session of Congress. Weigh in yourself by following us on Twitter, @theRAC.
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Saperstein: Historic Ruling Fulfills Moral Obligation to Provide Health Care

In response to the Supreme Court Decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, released the following statement:

Today is a bright day for our nation, and, especially, for those whose access to health care is fragile. Today’s historic ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a victory for those whose believe, as we do, that health care is a fundamental right, and, especially given the lead opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, a victory for the court itself.

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