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Reform Jewish Leader Responds to the Withdrawal of the American Health Care Act

For Immediate Release
March 27, 2017Press Release from the Religious Action Center

WASHINGTON – In response to the withdrawal of the American Health Care Act before a House vote, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis and wider Reform Movement: 

Reform Jewish Leader Responds to the Withdrawal of the American Health Care Act

Reform Movement Deeply Concerned by Drastic Cuts Proposed in Administration Budget

For Immediate Release
March 17, 2017

Press Release from the Religious Action Center

“The Trump Administration’s budget represents an abdication of responsibility to the American people and people around the world who depend on U.S. leadership. We call on Congress to reject this proposal and adopt a budget that reflects the real needs facing our nation and the world while supporting the most vulnerable among us.” – Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

Reform Movement Deeply Concerned by Drastic Cuts Proposed in Administration Budget

Jewish Community Groups Join in Opposition to Predatory Lending

Washington, D.C., August 12, 2016 –This week, 20 Jewish groups together submitted comments coordinated by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in support of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed rule regarding predatory payday lending. The comments reflected the organizations’ shared commitment to helping build a society where lending is used as a step toward opportunity, rather than as a stumbling block. The full text of the letter follows:

Jewish Community Groups Join in Opposition to Predatory Lending

Published: 08/15/2016

Positive Developments in Budget Deal, But More Must Be Done to Protect Vulnerable Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 16, 2015 — In response to the announcement of a congressional budget agreement, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, released the following statement:

Positive Developments in Budget Deal, But More Must Be Done to Protect Vulnerable Americans

Executive Order Should Encourage Congress to Act on Paid Sick Days

Contact: Max Rosenblum or Tyler Dratch
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

Washington, D.C., September 8, 2015 – In response to President Obama’s Executive Order establishing a national paid sick days standard for federal contractors, Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: 

Executive Order Should Encourage Congress to Act on Paid Sick Days

Published: 09/08/2015

Reform Movement Organizes Interfaith Sign-On Letter Supporting Paid Sick Days

Contact: Max Rosenblum or Melanie Fineman
news@rac.org | (202) 387-2800

Washington, D.C., May 13, 2015 – This morning, the Reform Jewish Movement submitted the following interfaith sign-on letter to members of Congress, urging support for the Healthy Families Act, which would ensure paid sick days for nearly 40 million American workers who do not have them.

The text of the letter is as follows:

"Dear Member of Congress:

Reform Movement Organizes Interfaith Sign-On Letter Supporting Paid Sick Days

Reform Movement Condemns Senate Budget That Would Harm Nation's Most Vulnerable

Contact: Max Rosenblum or Melanie Fineman
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

Washington, D.C., May 6, 2015 – In response to the U.S. Senate passing a budget yesterday that would cut vital programs for the poor and repeal the Affordable Care Act, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Director Rabbi Jonah Pesner issued the following statement:

Reform Movement Condemns Senate Budget That Would Harm Nation's Most Vulnerable

Reform Movement Supports Introduction of the Raise the Wage Act

Contact: Max Rosenblum or Melanie Fineman
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

Washington, D.C., April 30, 2015 - In response to today’s introduction of a new bill to increase the minimum wage, Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

Reform Movement Supports Introduction of the Raise the Wage Act

Supreme Court Victory for Young Highlights Need for Additional Protections

Contact: Max Rosenblum or Rachel Chung 

202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

Washington, D.C., March 25, 2015 – In response to today’s decision by the court in the Young v. UPS case, Rachel Laser, Deputy Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

Supreme Court Victory for Young Highlights Need for Additional Protections

Reform Movement Commends Paycheck Fairness Act Reintroduction

Contact: Max Rosenblum or Rachel Chung 

202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

Washington, D.C., March 25, 2015 – On the occasion of the reintroduction of the Paycheck Fairness Act, Rachel Laser, Deputy Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, Executive Director of Women of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

Reform Movement Commends Paycheck Fairness Act Reintroduction