Press Room | Facebook | Twitter | DONATE

Latest Updates

RAC's Blog


Media Contact Sarah Garfinkel, West End Strategy Teamsgarfinkel@westendstrategy.com; 202-776-7700

WASHINGTON – Today, leaders of the Commission on Social Action (CSA), a joint body of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union for Reform Judaism, announced that Susan Friedberg Kalson has been unanimously selected as the next chair of the Commission on Social Action. Her term will begin at the...

Read More

“We came to the United States where I hoped to build a better, safer life for us. Unfortunately, that did not happen. Instead I watched my baby girl die slowly and painfully just a few months before her second birthday." These chilling words are part of testimony offered before Congress this week by Yazmin Juarez, a migrant mother from Guatemala. Yazmin and her daughter Mariee crossed the US-Mexico border in 2018.  Mariee had been a healthy and happy baby, making the journey to the U.S. southern border without any health problems. Once in the US, Yazmin and Mariee spent a few days in a...

Read More

Letters by Reform rabbis in Baltimore, Chicago and Miami condemning planned ICE raids in those cities were published Friday and over the weekend.

"Don’t carry out deportation raids," Chicago Tribune, July 12, 2019

On behalf of the Illinois Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing approximately 30 synagogues with 50,000 members throughout our state, we are speaking out against the deportation raids planned for Chicago (“Looming ICE...

Read More

For Immediate Release

July 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – In response to reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to begin mass deportation raids on Sunday, 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, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the wider Reform Movement:

“At a time when the administration should be focused on reuniting immigrant families and closing immigrant detention centers, it is unconscionable that the Department of Homeland...

Read More

Power Plant

Climate change has finally had some time in the spotlight. In the first six months of the 116th Congress, the House of Representatives has held dozens of hearings on climate-related issues. Legislation has been introduced from both sides of the aisle that seeks to address all aspects of climate change, including promoting renewable energy, research and development of new technology, and carbon pricing, which has been getting increased attention recently.

Currently, when purchasing, selling, or using coal, oil, natural gas, or other pollutants, there is no way to factor in the cost...

Read More