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UPDATE (06/22/2019): According to reports Saturday, the planned raids described below have been postponed. However, other deportation arrests are ongoing and the "family op" may be reinstated at any time. The RAC remains vigilant and ready to oppose these deportations if and when they begin. We continue to encourage everyone to connect with local immigrant justice organizations.

The federal government...

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Four individuals holding a sign that says PROTECT SAFE LEGAL ABORTION

Yesterday, Sebastian Gorka, a notorious far-right pundit, attacked me on Twitter for my unequivocal support for reproductive rights. In fact, he implied that supporting an individual’s right to make moral decisions about their own health care is antithetical to Jewish values.

How did this happen?

On Tuesday, the RAC held an event as part of our Machon Kaplan Summer Event Series for college students where we discussed Judaism, abortion, and the future of Roe v. Wade....

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The Reform Jewish Movement is no stranger to standing up for immigrant justice. We have worked with DREAMers and lobbied for comprehensive Immigration reform at the federal level. Our congregations show up for our neighbors at the state, provincial, and local level. Now, the Reform Movement can add RAC-NY’s first statewide campaign -- joining the Green Light Coalition to allow undocumented New Yorkers to apply for driver’s licenses -- to that impressive list.

After a nearly two-decade battle, and with just two days left on the legislative calendar, the New York State Senate passed...

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June 19, 2019

Dear Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives:

I write on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 2,000 Reform rabbis, to urge you to support refugee resettlement and help the United States return to its historic commitments to refugees.

We are facing the worst refugee crisis in global history: over 68.5 million people are forcibly displaced, including 25.4 million...

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Green light NY

View a PDF copy of this letter here

Dear Senate Majority Leader Stewart Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senators Monica Martinez, James Gaughran, Kevin Thomas, Anna Kaplan, John Brooks, and Todd Kaminsky, and Governor Andrew Cuomo:

As clergy leaders from Long Island, we write to you to urge you in the strongest terms to pass Driver’s Licenses for All, S1747B, before the end of session in 2019.

The three Abrahamic religions each call us to care for the immigrant, the exile and the...

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