Reform Jewish Voice of New York State

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February 2008
February 2008 e-Newsletter

Volume 2, Number 2
February 5, 2008
29 Sh’vat 5768 

Welcome to the February e-newsletter from Reform Jewish Voice of New York State!  

In this month’s e-newsletter:
1. What’s in store for 2008? The Governor’s Executive Budget Proposal
2.  Welcome to the new Director of RJV!

3.  Join the Excitement: Register Today for the NYS Consultation on Conscience!
4.  Around the State: Faith & Hunger Network Conference

To find out more about RJV, please

Arleen Urell, Chairperson

1. What’s in store for 2008? The Governor’s Executive Budget Proposal! 

Governor Eliot Spitzer presented his second executive budget to the New York State Legislature on January 22. The budget focused on several issues that Reform Jewish Voice supports including: providing health care, funding for education, and protecting the environment. RJV is providing YOU with a review of the executive budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. Please click here to access this important material.  

2. Welcome to the new RJV Director! 

A new year brings us a new RJV Director. Alyson Grant, the first director RJV, has left her position with RJV in order to finish her graduate studies this spring. We wish her well in her future endeavors! 

The new Project Director of the Reform Jewish Voice is Barbara Pollard who has a broad range of experience in the fields of Education, Jewish Life and Administration. Working with arts, education and non-profit organizations, Barbara has designed, implemented and evaluated a variety of school and adult programs. In addition, she has traveled throughout New York State doing advocacy work, fundraising and strategic planning. Her undergraduate degree is from Washington University in St. Louis. Also, she has a Masters in Organizational Leadership and Education Administration from Teachers College at Columbia University and a Masters in Art History from New York University. She lives in Scarsdale, New York and is actively involved at Westchester Reform Temple. She is very eager to meet and work with everyone involved with RJV!

3. Join the Excitement: NYS Consultation on Conscience!!!

Join us on March 9, 2008 for the 6th biennial NYS Consultation on Conscience!

The NYS Consultation on Conscience will take place in New York City at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and is a joint effort of Reform Jewish Voice of New York State and the URJ Greater New York Council. We look forward to a day full of important speakers, interesting panels, and a gathering of advocates from across the state.

Featured speakers include Rabbi Jerome Davidson, who will join us as a keynote speaker, and State Senator Liz Krueger, who will participate in an advocacy training session.New addition: Thomas P. DiNapoli, State Comptroller, will also be joining us as a keynote speaker! Click here for more information.

The two areas of focus at the Consultation are access to health care and the environment. The health care panel will feature Assemblyman Richard
Gottfried, James Tallon from the United Health Fund, and Dr. Oliver Fein of Physicians for a National Health Program. The panel on environmental action will feature Suzanne Mattei, Regional Director of the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation, Barbara Lerman-Golomb of Hazon, and David Gahl of Environmental Advocates of NYS.

SAVE THE DATE: May 19, 2008 Advocacy Day

The Legislature has extended it's Passover/spring break until April 29th, making it necessary for us to change the date of our Interfaith Advocacy Day to May 19, with programming planned for Sunday May 18 as well. In 2007, more than 75 activists (and would-be activists) from Reform Jewish Voice and Interfaith Impact joined forces in Albany for a day of learning and action. Many also attended our pre-Advocacy Day the day before to get an in-depth briefing on the issues and to network. It is not too early to start planning! The effect of Jewish, Unitarian and Protestant clergy and lay people together talking to legislators is awesome and we look forward to your involvement.

4. Around the State: Faith & Hunger Network Conference on 3/2/08 

On Sunday, March 2nd the Faith and Hunger Network will host their first conference, from 2 to 5:30 pm, at the First Lutheran Church in Albany, NY. The afternoon will focus on the 2008 NYS legislative agenda on ending poverty, and other topics related to economic justice. There will be a focus on universal health care in NYS – including a presentation from a Spitzer administration official. Arleen Urell, Chair of Reform Jewish Voice, will present the Jewish perspective on these issues.  For more information, contact Mark Dunlea of the Hunger Action Network at