The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Megan Black, National Clergy Organizer, PICO
Rev. Cornell Brooks, President and CEO, NAACP
Isabel P. (Liz) Dunst, Chair, Commission on Social Action
Vanita Gupta, Incoming President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights & Former Head of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division
Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, Union for Reform Judaism
Rabbi Rick Jacobs is president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the most powerful force in North American Jewish life. The URJ leads the largest and most diverse Jewish movement in North America, with almost 900 congregations reaching nearly 1.5 million people. For nearly 150 years, the URJ has been at the forefront in promoting an open, progressive Judaism. A longtime and devoted creative change agent, Rabbi Jacobs spent 20 years as a dynamic, visionary spiritual leader at Westchester Reform Temple (WRT) in Scarsdale, New York. During his tenure, he reshaped communal worship, transformed the congregation into a community of lifelong learners, and strengthened the synagogue's commitment to vibrancy and inclusion. Prior to his tenure at WRT, Rabbi Jacobs served the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, where he founded and co-directed the first synagogue-based homeless shelter in New York City. He was ordained in 1982 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York, where he received numerous excellence awards. Deeply committed to the State of Israel, Rabbi Jacobs has studied for two decades at Jerusalem's Shalom Hartman Institute, where he is now a senior rabbinic fellow. Rabbi Jacobs is a product of the Reform Movement, and has held numerous leadership posts within the URJ, the CCAR, ARZA and WUPJ. He also has served on the boards of Jewish organizations in the community-at-large, including American Jewish World Service, UJA-Federation of New York, and, since its inception in 1996, Synagogue 2000 and its successor, Synagogue 3000.
Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman, Past Chair, Commission on Social Action
Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman is a Vice-Chair of the North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism and the Immediate Past Chair of the Commission on Social Action. She also serves on the Leadership Team for Reform CA. She is a Past President of Congregation B’nai Israel in Sacramento and has remained actively involved, most recently working on efforts to make B’nai Israel a sanctuary congregation for those facing deportation. Jennifer worked for nearly 30 years as an attorney at the California Third District Court of Appeal and is enjoying retirement. When not traveling around the world with her husband, Todd, she can usually be found with her four grandchildren whose parents had the good sense to return to Sacramento.
Governor Jack Markell, Delaware
Governor Jack Markell served as Delaware’s governor from 2009-2017. During his tenure Delaware experienced the best job growth in the region and the best improvement in high school graduation rates in the country. Gov. Markell also focused on running state government efficiently and effectively, keeping the state’s AAA bond rating while reforming Delaware’s health and pension systems to make them more sustainable over time. Beginning his career in the private sector, Gov. Markell helped lead the wireless technology revolution as the 13th employee at Nextel, where he served as senior vice president for corporate development. His other business experience includes a senior management position at Comcast Corporation, work as a consultant with McKinsey and Company and as a banker at First Chicago Corporation.
Representative Joe Kennedy III (D-MA)
Joe Kennedy III is proud to serve the Fourth District of Massachusetts in Congress. Currently in his third term, he represents a diverse district that stretches from the suburbs of Boston to the more industrial cities of Massachusetts’ South Coast. As a member of the influential House Energy & Commerce Committee, Joe has crafted a legislative agenda driven by the needs of his constituents. With a focus on issues like mental health and addiction, energy costs, manufacturing and STEM education, he has prioritized bipartisan reforms that directly impact the families, businesses and communities he is honored to represent. His efforts to strengthen mental health parity laws, increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for behavioral health providers, and ensure the federal government invests in the entire continuum of care have made him an emerging leader on mental health and substance use disorders issues in Congress.
Piper Kerman, Author and Activist
Rabbi Sharon Mars, Temple Israel, Columbus, OH
Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD)
Congressman Jamie Raskin proudly represents Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district includes parts of Montgomery, Carroll, and Frederick Counties. Raskin was sworn in to the 115th Congress on January 3, 2017. Congressman Raskin is the Vice-Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and serves on two Judiciary subcommittees: the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice; and the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigation. For more than 25 years, Congressman Raskin has been a professor of constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law. He authored several books, including the Washington Post best-seller Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People and the highly-acclaimed We the Students: Supreme Court Cases For and About America’s Students, which has sold more than 50,000 copies.Prior to his time in Congress, Jamie was a three-term State Senator in Maryland, where he also served as the Senate Majority Whip.
Isabel Rose, Activist and Artist
Isabel Rose’s viral letter to Ivanka Trump urging her to advance safer laws for transgender students pushed Rose to the forefront of trans activism. Harper’s Bazaar, CNN and The New York Times subsequently invited her to contribute articles in support of transgender rights. She is the founder of Woke Nation, an activist group dedicated to overcoming divisiveness fostered by fear-mongering, and serves on the boards of the Family and Gender Project at the Ackerman Institute and is a spokesperson for The Family Equality Council. As a multi-disciplinary creative artist, Isabel’s work primarily explores the theme of identity, whether that be in her film, Anything But Love, her two albums and accompanying music videos, or her novel, The J.A.P. Chronicles (Doubleday).
Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento, CA
Rabbi Rachel Timoner, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn, NY
Michael Waldman, President, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
Michael Waldman is President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice. Mr. Waldman was Director of Speechwriting for President Bill Clinton from 1995-99, responsible for writing/editing nearly two thousand speeches. He was special assistant to the president for policy coordination from 1993-95. He has been a lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an attorney in private practice. Michael Waldman is the author of The Fight to Vote, The Second Amendment: A Biography, My Fellow Americans, and POTUS Speaks, among others. He appears frequently on television and radio to discuss public policy, the presidency and the law. Michael Waldman is a graduate of Columbia College (B.A., 1982) and New York University School of Law (J.D., 1987), where he was a member of the Law Review.
Representative Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
Congressman Lee Zeldin grew up in Suffolk County, New York, where he graduated from William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach. Congressman Zeldin graduated from the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY) and then Albany Law School, becoming New York's youngest attorney at the time at the age of 23. Following four years in the State Senate, Congressman Zeldin was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014 (NY-1). Congressman Zeldin’s top priorities in Congress include protecting America’s security at home and abroad, helping grow our economy and create more good paying jobs, supporting our veterans and first responders, improving the quality of education, repairing our nation’s infrastructure, improving healthcare in America and safeguarding our environment.