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Last week, Reform Jewish high school students from across the country came to Washington, D.C for the Bernard and Audre Rapaport L’Taken Social Justice Seminar. Harrison Klein from Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa, FL, prepared and delivered a speech on gun violence prevention to staff in Senator Marco Rubio and Congressman Gus Bilirakis' offices. In light of the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida, which took place just days after...

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Rabbi Epstein headshot

Here in Austin, Texas, issues of immigration often take center stage in our everyday lives.  Austin is known as a “Sanctuary City” – a label given to cities that prioritize local law enforcement over federal immigration enforcement, even while complying with federal laws.  Austin’s UT campus became a focus when the many DACA students enrolled here feared they would be deported when DACA was first overturned.  Austin is home to many resettled refugees and asylees.  Living not so far from the longest continuous stretch of the US-Mexico border, we wonder how the proposed wall would affect our...

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Jewish clergy stage a sit-in in Rep. Lance's office

Photos courtesy of Robert Wiener of New Jersey Jewish News.

Every time I walk into my office, I see two pictures, one to the right and one to the left of my door. On the left is a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Joachim Prinz, Temple B’nai Abraham’s rabbi from 1939 to 1976. To the right, is a picture of these two civil rights leaders marching with many others, including our congregation’s former president, Peter Klein, at the March on Washington in 1963.

V’eleh hamishpatim -- these are the rules that you shall set before...

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Senator Tammy Duckworth speaks with a participant at JDAD 2018

At this year's Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD), more than 200 disability rights advocates and Jewish leaders came to Capitol Hill to push legislators to support crucial health care and education services for people with disabilities. The day's speakers highlighted the experiences and activism of the disability justice community across the country, particularly in light of recent attacks on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. I found JDAD to be an incredibly humbling and empowering day.

Ari Ne'eman, advisor to the...

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Photo courtesy of Michael Brochstein of Split Stone Media.

On Wednesday, February 7th, Rabbi Joel Mosbacher participated in a rally outside of Senator Chuck Schumer's Manhattan office alongside a diverse group of Jewish clergy, lay leaders, and activists to urge the Senator to use the power of his office to push for a clean Dream Act. The rally was part of the nationwide Let My People Stay campaign, a grassroots movement of Jews across the country inspired by...

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