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In the lead up to the 2020 Census, the RAC has shared how important an accurate count is to our democracy. Unfortunately, the spread of COVID-19 has stymied efforts to complete for the 2020 Census including door-to-door canvassing, Census-taking, and other in-person “Get Out the Count” (GOTC) activities. Thankfully, it has never been easier to respond to the Census without violating any social distancing guidelines or putting Census employees in danger.  

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As part of the Kraus Initiative for Immigrant and Refugee Justice, the Reform Jewish Movement is working to be in solidarity with asylum seekers and restore the asylum system. In partnership with Jewish and interfaith groups, we aim to advance legislation that will safeguard fundamental rights. During this season, we as a movement have the opportunity to educate ourselves, our congregations, and our communities in the importance of asylum and ways to support people seeking refuge.

Along with leaders from the Reform Jewish Movement, I have seen the need for this work up close in a...

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Susan Friedberg Kalson is the CEO of the Squirrel Hill Health Center in Pittsburgh and Chair of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. This blog post is adapted from remarks given during a virtual Commission on Social Action meeting on March 18.

I run the Squirrel Hill Health Center, a nonprofit federally funded community health center in Pittsburgh. My organization is one of 1,400 federally funded community health organizations, which serve 29 million people across the United States...

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Today marks ten years since President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. This landmark piece of legislation has helped millions of people gain access to health insurance and guaranteed coverage for people with preexisting conditions. But we have long known that the ACA was just one step in repairing the United States’ broken health care system. Despite the law, 27.5 million people in the U.S. still live without health...

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Every two years, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) hosts the Rabbi Balfour Brickner Fellowship for rabbis and cantors who are looking to bring social justice closer to the center of congregational life. The fellowship honors the legacy of Rabbi Balfour Brickner, a leading activist and voice of the Reform Jewish Movement. Through the fellowship, rabbis and cantors develop organizing skills, engage with RAC initiatives, and root their social justice work in Jewish text and tradition.

This year we are thrilled to welcome a class of twenty-one clergy, who are ready...

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