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Reform Jews across the United States held vigils for immigrant rights on Tisha B’Av Sunday, with hundreds of Jews and allies showing up at events in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York City, Cleveland, Chicago, and at more than 60 sites across the country.

The vigils, which were organized and...

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  To my Reform Jewish community, 

Just days ago, Homestead detention center, the only private, for-profit detention center housing immigrant children, shut its doors. While we know that our work to ensure the just treatment of migrants is far from over, make no mistake: the closure of Homestead is a victory for children, it’s a victory for immigrants, and it’s a powerful display of what activism motivated by enduring Jewish values can accomplish. Thank you. 

For the past year, you and other Reform Jews in south Florida have organized and mobilized to shut down Homestead...

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Hannalee Isaacs is a high school senior from Judea Reform Congregation in Durham, North Carolina. She is an alumna of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport L’Taken Social Justice Seminars and the RAC Teen Justice Fellowship, an ongoing learning cohort offered to alumni of L’Taken. For her final project in the fellowship, Hannalee submitted an entry to Americans United for Separation of Church and State student essay contest. The contest asks students to reflect on church-state separation and religious freedom. Below is an excerpt from Hannalee’s essay.

Religion is a defining identity...

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Steven Windmueller

This article was originally published on jewishjournal.com

Tisha b’Av is a frame of reference, recalling moments of Jewish destruction and despair. There are rhythms to those seasons in which we mourn our collective as well as personal losses. The feeling tones of how we confront life and death were introduced in both our liturgy and Jewish texts. Our rabbis provided us with a language to mourn as well as to reflect.

Just as these days set aside in the Jewish...

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Vigil

Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein of Temple Israel-Memphis made these remarks at "Moms Demand Action", a vigil at The Church of the River in downtown Memphis on August 7, 2019. 

In every nation and city on the planet, there are people suffering from invisible illnesses like mental illness. But no country in the world - not even South Korea or Japan where violent video games are made - no nation in the world - has the gun carnage we have in America.

The combustible combination of guns and hate in recent years is wreaking havoc on the fabric of our humanity. As a representative of...

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