July 29, 2014 · 2 Av

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The Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism is a joint body of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union and its affiliates that seeks to apply the insights of Jewish tradition to such domestic and foreign issues as human rights, world peace, civil liberties, religious freedom, famine, poverty, intergroup relations, as well as other major societal concerns.

The CSA interprets these policies as necessary to speak to current issues and legislation, and develops the foundation for new resolutions to be adopted by the Union or the CCAR in the future. At times, the Commission adopts resolutions in its own name on issues that are consistent with principles already articulated by the Union or the CCAR, and therefore require no further action by those bodies.

Upcoming Events & Conference Calls
The Supreme Court will rule this month in a decision - Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius - that will have major implications for religious liberty and women’s reproductive rights. The Reform Movement joined an amicus brief to the Court, defending both the contraception mandate and the right of all people to live according to the teachings of their faith.

Dahlia Lithwick, one of the country’s leading journalists covering the Court, will speak to the Reform Movement in a conference call at 2:00 p.m. ET on the day after the Court rules, to provide her expert analysis on what the decision means for religious freedom, reproductive rights, and all Americans. Register at rac.org/call to be sent an update and reminder to join the call once the decision comes down.



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