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Reform Jewish Movement Unveils New “Iran Advocacy Toolkit,” Provides Resources for Personal, State and Federal Divestment

Saperstein: It is our steadfast belief that divestment from companies in the Iranian oil industry is an effective economic tool to counter the Iranian regime’s hostile behavior.

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Washington, D.C. -  As state legislative sessions begin to heat up, and Congress returns from its recess,  the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) unveiled a new  “Iran Advocacy Toolkit” to assist rabbis, synagogue leaders, and activists in participating in a multi-faceted campaign to address the Iranian threat.

The RAC’s new “toolkit”—which can be found at www.rac.org/iran-- provides information and resources for action on three different levels – for personal divestment, for a targeted campaign to promote the passage of state divestment bills, and for the federal Iran Sanctions Enabling Act (S.1430).

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, welcomed the release of the "toolkit," saying:

In September, citing an urgent need to promote an end to Iranian nuclear aspirations, the Executive Committee of the Union for Reform Judaism passed a "Resolution on Divestment from Iran."  The resolution encouraged our individual members, their congregations, state governments and the federal government to divest from corporations that have more than $20 million invested in the Iranian oil and energy sector.  Since then, many individuals have divested from Iran, and several states including California and New Jersey have enacted laws that divest their state pension funds from companies that operate in this business sector in Iran.

However, our task is far from complete.  As President Bush recently reminded us during his trip to the Middle East, "Iran's actions threaten the security of nations everywhere."  Therefore, the issue of a nuclear Iran remains of great concern to our Movement.

RAC Director Rabbi David Saperstein added:

It is our steadfast belief that divestment from companies in the Iranian oil industry is an effective economic tool to counter the Iranian regime’s hostile behavior.  While we recognize that divestment will neither single-handedly stop Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s drive to acquire nuclear weapons nor will it immediately bring an end to the funding of Hezbollah or Iraqi insurgents, divestment is an important first step.  We hope that others will join us in our efforts in preventing Iran from becoming an even more de-stabilizing state in an already volatile Middle East.

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 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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