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Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Launches Online “Videocast” to Raise Awareness on Urgent Public Policy Concerns
Today, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) announced the launch of its series of online “videocast” conversations with key leaders. The “videocasts” will raise awareness on urgent public policy concerns and deepen the educational and advocacy efforts of the Reform Jewish Movement’s congregations and congregants.

First “Videocast” Features House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Speaking Out on the Genocide in Darfur, available at: www.rac.org/video

April 20, 2006 – Today, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) announced the launch of its series of online “videocast” conversations with key leaders. The “videocasts” will raise awareness on urgent public policy concerns and deepen the educational and advocacy efforts of the Reform Jewish Movement’s congregations and congregants.

The first in this series focuses on the ongoing genocide in Sudan. This “videocast” is available online to watch or to download at www.rac.org/video.

Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism discussed the crisis in Sudan with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “We saw genocide in progress,” Pelosi revealed as she shared her experience leading a bipartisan congressional delegation to the refugee camps of Darfur. Pelosi asserted further that the United States needs to “use its moral authority and its leadership in the world to change what is happening in Darfur.”

“We need to have a U.S. special envoy to send a signal that this is our top priority in that region to stop the violence, to bring partisan conflict to the table for peace, and to get the humanitarian assistance facilitated to those people in need,“ Pelosi suggested.

Pelosi praised Saperstein’s leadership in bringing awareness to this humanitarian crisis and encouraged individuals to take action by attending the “Save Darfur Rally to Stop Genocide” on April 30th in Washington, DC; which is co-sponsored by the Reform Jewish Movement.

The Rally will bring together thousands of political figures, leaders of the faith community, human rights activists, and Americans from all walks of life who seek to end the bloodshed in Darfur. Saperstein will speak at the Rally.

Saperstein said, “This videocast and the Save Darfur Rally to Stop Genocide focus attention on the genocide in Sudan, and I thank Rep. Nancy Pelosi for her compassion and involvement on this issue.”

The RAC plans to post a new videocast approximately once a month, usually presenting a conversation between Saperstein and a key political leader. Future topics are likely to include the proposed “Marriage Amendment” to the Constitution, the new Israeli government, and current economic justice issues. “We believe these short videos will be powerful educational tools for activists across North America,” said RAC Associate Director Mark Pelavin. Pelavin continued, “in particular, we hope that congregational social action committees will take time at their regular meetings to view the videocasts, and to map out action strategies on the highlighted issue.”



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