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Reform Jewish Movement Joins With Synagogues to Discuss Legal Election Limits

Contact: Rachel Slomovitz
      202.387.2800 |

Washington, DC, October 16, 2006 – In preparation for the upcoming Elections, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Loyola Law School professor, Ellen Aprill today held a conference call for rabbis, synagogue’s presidents and administrators across the nation to reiterate what political and electoral activities a congregation can engage in without jeopardizing its non-profit tax status. 

As we enter election season, there has been heightened controversy and confusion about what synagogues and rabbis can do vis-à-vis elections.  The IRS has taken some highly visible actions against churches that may have violated rules and regulations and has issued new guidelines for non-profits.
Topics included an outline of relevant law, discussion of activities that congregations can and cannot undertake (candidate forums, get-out-the vote efforts, endorsements, serving as a polling station, lobbying, etc.), recent changes in the IRS enforcement standards and procedures, and suggested best practices.

The Tuesday conference call will be made available online by noon Wednesday at the Religious Action Center website- If you have any further questions, please call the Religious Action Center at 202-387-2800, and ask for Rachel Slomovitz at extension 25.


The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the
Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.

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