Tag Archives: African Development

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…

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…

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…

Nothing But Nets… 5 Years Later

By Stephanie Garry

Every World Malaria Day, I reflect on my life-changing trip to Kenya.  Five years ago, I had no idea what to expect while traveling to Kenya to visit refugee camps in Dadaab to distribute the nets that are key in malaria prevention. I had been on safari to Kenya 14 years ago with my husband and son and so loved the air of the land and the romance of the sky—and the vistas of animals on our planet. Read more…

The Modern Plague of Malaria

As the ten biblical plagues were recited during my Passover Seder this past week, I was thinking not only of the plagues that afflicted Egypt but also of the modern plagues that affect our world today–and what we can collectively do to eliminate the plague of malaria from our world. Each year, an estimated 219 million people are infected with malaria, causing approximately 600,000 deaths.  Children under the age of five and pregnant women are often the most susceptible to succumbing to malaria, a completely preventable disease.  Read more…

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