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On August 21 and 22, 2018, a four-member delegation from the Reform Movement will confront the ongoing human suffering wrought by our broken immigration system. Lee Winkelman, RAC-CA Organizing Director, and Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Board Members Harry Levy, Alec Harris, and Jay Gellman will join the HIAS-ADL Jewish Leadership Border Mission as they visit migrant shelters, meet with American and Mexican government officials and hear first-hand from asylum seekers on both sides of the border.

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The following post was written by Kathy Weinman for Temple Israel of Boston's blog. Weinman's piece is a great example of how congregational leaders can foster civic engagement by informing congregants of the issues at stake in the upcoming election and providing concrete resources to learn more and take action. Please feel free to adapt for your own congregation or Jewish community.

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Voting is about optimism and hope, about envisioning a world more whole and committing to enact that vision, and about seeing ourselves as partners with God in the ongoing work of creation.

 

The following note was sent from Senior Rabbi Joel Mosbacher to Temple Sharaay Tefila of New York City to officially launch their congregation's nonpartisan civic engagement campaign. Rabbi Mosbacher's words model beautifully how Jewish values, text, and tradition constantly challenge us to be better - better people, better neighbors, and better citizens. Please feel free to adapt for your own congregation. 

Dear Friends,

In our traditional morning blessings which we call Nisim B’Chol Yom, “Daily Miracles,” we offer gratitude for being free. As American Jews, we...

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On August 11-12, 2017, neo-Nazis marched proudly past our synagogue and on the streets of our city, bringing their message of hate and showing the world that white supremacy is alive, proud, and unashamed.

Emboldened by the foul political climate that has encouraged division and the expression of bigotry, they came here with their insignias and their racist and anti-Semitic slogans. They came ostensibly to protest the removal of Confederate statues from our public squares, claiming that “we” are trying to erase “their” history.

In fact, the opposite is the case. It is the...

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In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court released a series of opinions that were deeply disappointing to many in the social justice community. On Monday, the court refused to strike down racial gerrymandering in Texas and sanctioned anti-competitive, domineering practices used by both Silicon Valley and Wall Street. On Tuesday, the court endorsed pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in California that provide misleading and inadequate health information. And, of course, it...

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