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Going up to NFTY’s North American President and asking her to take our resolution off the agenda for Asefah (NFTY’s business meeting) just hours before the meeting began was the last thing we expected to do, but it is what we did. For nearly a month, the three of us spent hours crafting the resolution that would set NFTY’s stance on climate change. This was an important first step towards making NFTY more sustainable and more environmentally conscious, but up until that point, we failed to see that there was an incredible number of people who shared the same concern for our planet and our...

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Avi Holzman in Israel

Avi Holzman, right, and two friends in Israel during the URJ’s Heller High program in Israel.

This past spring, I was fortunate enough to spend four months in Israel on the URJ’s Heller High program. Just as I expected, the program educated me about Israel and strengthened my Jewish Identity. However, I did not know that I would also be doing social justice work while in Israel. Yet it turned out that a core part of the Heller High program was the mitzvah projects that we did every Friday morning. One week we did a beach clean up on a beach near Tel Aviv, another week we helped...

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2019-2020 LAs

We are very excited to dive into our work as the 2019-2020 Eisendrath Legislative Assistants! Though we have diverse backgrounds in social justice work, we are all deeply committed to bringing about a more just, equitable, and compassionate world during our time at the RAC. We are proud to represent the Reform Movement and its values during this crucial moment in history, and we welcome you to contact us with any questions you may have about the Reform Movement’s policy positions.

Danny Cooper grew up in New York City, where he was a member of the...

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Men sounding shofar

Last June, Rep. Ted Leiu stood on the floor of the House of Representative and played a deeply disturbing audio recording. From his cellphone came the cries of young children separated from their families who were being held in immigrant detention centers. The recording was a wake-up call to many, opening their ears and eyes to injustices occurring along our southern border. The humanity of people trying to claim asylum, reunite with their families, or seek a...

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rac-ca lobby day 2019

The more than 200 Reform Jews from across the Golden State who turned out for RAC California’s largest-ever lobby day at the State Capitol on Tuesday heard a common refrain from the elected officials in attendance: it was powerful to see the Jewish community turning out to support legislation that’s not traditionally thought of as “Jewish.”

RAC-CA's top legislative priority this year is affordable housing, backing a package of bills to enable the building of new housing and to protect tenants’ rights. Reform Jewish leaders shared this goal with their local representatives as well...

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