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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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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…

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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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Introducing the Nothing But Nets Malaria Fellows!

Last week, the RAC and Nothing But Nets kicked off our semester long Malaria Fellowship (in partnership with the United Nations Foundation) for undergraduate students. We searched the country far and wide for the best candidates and narrowed it down to these ten students. Fellows are already busy building out their core group of students and generating interest on campus to help save lives from malaria through advocacy and fundraising this semester.

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A New Malaria Fellowship Opportunity for College Students!

We’ve got big news coming from our partnership with Nothing But Nets! Together with the United Nations Foundation, we are launching a new Malaria Fellowship program for the most engaged, social justice-minded college students.

The Fellowship will run from January 2014 through April 2014. Fellows will learn about the plague of malaria in Africa, help build strong support for Nothing But Nets on campus, and become advocates in their own communities. Fellows will strengthen their leadership skills, network with UN Foundation and RAC staff and help save more lives by fighting malaria. Each Fellow will receive a stipend to offset activity costs on campus and an all-expense paid trip to DC for training Feb. 1st-3rd.

The Fellowship breaks down the semester in order to offer students comprehensize training in grassroots organizing, fundraising and advocacy. In January, Fellows will organize and build relationships on campus while beginning to build awareness and create a core of student activists at their schools. February kicks off with a trip to DC, where we’ll train students on legislative efforts relating to malaria, teach effective techniques for lobbying Congress, then finish the trip with a visit to Capitol Hill! In March, Fellows continue to build on their advocacy skills and meet with their members of Congress in their districts, and we’ll finish the semester with campus-wide events leading up to World Malaria Day (April 25).

Sounds pretty exciting, right? Head on over to our fellowship page to learn more and apply. We’re taking applications until December 4th. Not a college student? Not a problem, help share this opportunity with your friends and family members, who may know a college student, or be one themselves!  Here’s a sample Facebook post:

Big news: The United Nations Foundation & the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism are launching a Malaria Fellowship with Nothing But Nets! This semester-long program aims to increase awareness about malaria among college students & empower them to act in support of malaria prevention, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Applications close December 4th.

As always, if you haven’t had a chance to ask your members of Congress to continue supporting anti-malaria initiatives, our action alerts make it quick and easy for you. And of course consider sending a net to a family in Camp Nyarugusu in Tanzania!