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"Today, we proudly celebrate the work of Reform Jews who contributed to ballot initiative victories in Florida, to restore voting rights to 1.4 million citizens; in Massachusetts, to protect transgender rights; in Washington State, to establish new gun violence prevention measures; and in California, to secure affordable housing."
“The Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX under the pretense of ‘restoring due process’ is likely to return schools to a time when rape, assault, and harassment were swept under the rug."
“Today represents an important step forward in our years-long work to restore the historic Voting Rights Act and protect voting rights. We commend the House for its leadership and urge the Senate to follow suit by passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act immediately."
“As Reform Jews, both our values and our communal history compel us to support refugee settlement in the United States. We are heartened that Gov. Pritzker has acted to protect the refugee settlement program in Illinois and extend our thanks to the governor and his administration."
“Yesterday’s decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals invalidating the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate moves our country one step closer to a health care disaster. Although the law remains intact while judicial review continues, this ongoing assault on the ACA is a shameful disservice to Americans in every state, sowing fear that essential health care will be taken away or become simply unaffordable."
On the season finale of Wholly Jewish season 2, we are joined by NYU student and college organizer Noa Baron (they/them). Noa shares the personal and Jewish and significance of their name (and their Jewish name-changing ceremony), the importance of deep listening to the queer community, their aspirations as a trans Jewish leader, and the beauty LGBTQ+ Jews bring to the Jewish community.
More than two weeks have passed since election day and more than ten days have passed since it became clear that Vice President Joe Biden won a strong majority of both the popular vote and the Electoral College. Joe Biden is President-elect of the United States and should be provided with the recognition and resources that will allow for a smooth and secure transition to a new administration.
We congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris on their victory in the 2020 election. We celebrate especially the first Woman of Color elected to the Vice Presidency, even as we note the essential and immense amount of work our nation must do to address ongoing systemic racism.
Yolanda Savage-Narva, MSEd. (she/her) will join the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) as Director for Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, a new leadership position.
Global Jewish organizations express our opposition to the plan to appoint former Minister and MK Brigadier General (retired) Efi Eitam to the position of Chairperson of the Executive of Yad Vashem.