Advocacy Issues

Learn about the views and stances of the Reform Movement on these issues. 

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Antisemitism and Hate Crimes

Most nationwide surveys released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) over the past 25 years consistently indicate between 11 and 14 percent of Americans harbor antisemitic views.

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Civil Liberties

As Reform Jews, we must heed the teachings of our tradition that speak to the dangers of mixing money and politics and recognize the distorting effect that money can have on a leader’s ability to govern fairly. 


Criminal Justice Reform

It is the obligation of government to ensure that no one is unjustly accused, convicted, or punished.


Disability Rights

Read the latest updates and learn more about disability rights through a Reform Jewish perspective.


Economic Justice

The Reform Movement has always acted upon fundamental Jewish ideals by advocating for children, the poor, the disenfranchised, the elderly, the sick, those with disabilities, and the "stranger among us."


Environment and Climate Change

The Reform Movement is committed to protecting the environment and ensuring a just, healthy, and safe future for generations to come. 


Gun Violence Prevention

The epidemic of gun violence continues to plague individuals and communities across the United States, including our own Jewish communities as well as those of our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and partners.

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Health Care

Millions of Americans live without health insurance, and attacks on the Affordable Care Act and other areas of the health care system have resulted in millions of people without health insurance.



Today, we face the enormous challenges posed by our nation's broken immigration system. 


International Issues

Read the latest updates and learn more about foreign affairs through a Reform Jewish perspective.


LGBTQ Equality

The Reform Movement has been advocating for LGBTQ rights since 1965, when the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) called for the decriminalization of homosexuality. 

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Racial Justice

The Reform Movement works in partnership with representatives from diverse communities to fight the structural racism that is embedded in our society and to advance justice for all people.

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At the 2019 URJ Biennial, the Reform Movement passed the Resolution on the Study and Development of Reparations for Slavery and Systemic Racism in the U.S., becoming the first major Jewish denomination to do so, and immediately began urging Congress to take action to this end.

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Reproductive Health and Rights

Our advocacy around abortion access is inspired by the Jewish value of kavod ha’briyot, respect for individual dignity.


Separation of Church and State

The First Amendment to the Constitution is the cornerstone of American religious freedom, ensuring through the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause that the government does not support religious practices.


Voting and Civil Rights

The Torah teaches to accept others without prejudice and to work with others to achieve social justice. 

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Women's Rights

For decades, the Reform Movement has advocated for women’s full and equal participation in society.