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Join the RAC at NFTY Convention in Atlanta

We need only reach back into our ancient Jewish texts to know that throughout our history, it is the youth that carry hope for a promising future:  “Your old shall dream dreams, and your youth shall see visions” (Joel 3:1) This February the RAC hopes to translate those visions into action at the Social Justice Advocacy Seminar at 2015 NFTY Convention in Atlanta.

The greatest social change in modern Jewish history was brought about by the youth–the creation of the State of Israel.  Zionist youth movements made aliyah in droves in the 1920s to realize a dream of progress, hope and justice.  These young pioneers built the infrastructure of the country: they drained the swamps, built the kibbutzim and created the Haganah and Palmach.

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Casting a Wider Net: Malaria and Ebola

This week, the Union for Reform Judaism and the Religious Action Center sent a check for $5,000 to our partners at Nothing But Nets to fund anti-malarial initiatives in Liberia, the country at the heart of the Ebola epidemic. But why fight malaria when Ebola is killing so many?

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Bitten by the Anti-Malaria Bug

One of the best parts about my job as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant is constantly meeting people who are passionate advocates for the causes they believe in. Not only do these interactions reinvigorate my optimism for success on the issues I work on, but they also inspire me to learn and engage in new issues too. I had one such experience over the last two days. I showed up to the Nothing But Nets (NBN) Champion Summit on Sunday morning as part of the RAC team working with our Nothing But Nets partnership, seeing my participation in the conference as one of the aspects and responsibilities of  our work on this important issue. But Monday afternoon, I left the Hill as an NBN Champion and advocate personally engaged and invested in the fight against malaria. Read more…

Summer Camp Season is the Best Time to Talk about Malaria Prevention

A few weeks ago, I dropped my sister off at URJ Camp OSRUI for her fourth year on staff.  Like many Jewish children and young adults, summer camp is our home away from home—the two months for which we wait all year.  This is the first summer in nearly fifteen years we haven’t been at camp together, and I’ve heckled my sister with all sorts of questions.  Did you find your rain gear in duffel bags?  How’s the food?  Are your campers homesick?  And of course: Did you pack enough bug spray for the summer? Read more…

Fighting for Religious Freedom Around the Globe

Last Thursday, Rabbi David Saperstein joined a delegation of religious leaders in meeting with Sudan’s Ambassador to the United States, Maowia Khalid.  The meeting came shortly after a Sudanese court sentenced Meriam Ibrahim to death for allegedly converting to Christianity.  In response to her sentence, Rabbi David Saperstein issued a statement, in which he said: Read more…

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Celebrate Shavuot with Nothing But Nets

Shavuot is just around the corner! On Shavuot, we commemorate the the covenant between God and the Jewish people and remember when we stood in the presence of God as we received the Torah. The period of the Omer, the forty-nine day bridge between Passover and Shavuot, and the evening of Shavuot itself, are traditionally times of preparation for this moment of re-living revelation.  The entire season of Shavuot encourages us to re-engage with Torah.

Since 2007, the Reform Movement has partnered with Nothing But Nets, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation that is tasked solely with ridding the world of malaria, a disease transmitted through the bite of a mosquito.  Malaria is preventable and its eradication is in reach within our lifetime.  Since joining forces with Nothing But Nets, the Reform Movement has raised more than $800,000 for the campaign and has sent more than 75,000 insecticide-treated bed nets to areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Read more…

Reform Movement Responds to Kidnapping of Schoolgirls in Nigeria

Rabbi David Saperstein’s statement on the kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria was quoted in the Jerusalem Post.  You can read the full article here.

Several weeks ago, Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group whose name means “Western education is sinful” operating in Nigeria, kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from their school.  To date, most of the girls are still missing.  The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, released a video in which he stated that he planned to sell the young women. Read more…

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Celebrate World Malaria Day: Send a Net, Save a Life

Today is World Malaria Day– a day to recognize global efforts to eradicate malaria and commit to doing everything we can to lessen the number of people impacted by malaria each year.

The Reform Movement has set a goal of raising $2,500, which would send 250 bed nets to families in the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp. It’s a small but necessary first step.  Please join us by donating $10 to send a net and save a life. Read more…

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