Washington, D.C., July 6, 2016 – In response to the release of the draft 2016 Democratic Party Platform, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner issued the following statement:
Washington, D.C., July 8, 2016 – In response to the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and the deaths of the five police officers in Dallas, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
In advance of tomorrow’s hearings on Religious Liberty and H.R. 2802, the ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ (FADA), the undersigned organizations, representing a diverse group of beliefs and faith traditions, write to express our opposition to this measure, (S. 1598/H.R. 2802), introduced by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representative Raúl Labrador (R-ID). We would ask that this letter be included as part of the official hearings record.
On behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), whose over 900 congregations include over 1.5 million Reform Jews across North America, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), which represents over 2,000 Reform rabbis, I submit this statement for the record in strong opposition to the First Amendment Defense Act, H.R. 2802
Washington, D.C., July 15, 2016 – In response to a deadly attack on French citizens yesterday in the town of Nice, France, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: