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This post is adapted from Rabbi Juliana Karol's sermon at Congregation Rodeph Sholom on January 4, 2019. 

I remember learning about the concept of “strange bedfellows” in my early twenties.  I was in my first days of training as a legislative assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and our boss was explaining the peculiar alchemy of Washington, D.C. where Monday’s allies could be Tuesday’s foes. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was a perfect example: we worked together in close alignment on immigration reform, but...

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RAC Rabbinic Moral Leadership Gathering

This post was originally published on Facebook as a message to Greenwich Reform Synagogue in Connecticut after Rabbi Jordie Gerson attended the inaugural Rabbinic Moral Leadership Gathering.  

As I write this, I'm flying back to La Guardia. I'm returning from several days at the Rabbinic Moral Leadership Gathering, a gathering of 140 Reform Rabbis from across the country sponsored by the Religious Action Center, the social...

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Lots of people moving around with focus on two people in center

  Throughout history, Jews have experienced the bitterness of slavery and the sweetness of freedom. Yet too often, we only think about issues of slavery around Passover. This Shabbat, however, coincides with Human Trafficking Awareness Day (January 11, 2019), a reminder that slavery is sadly alive and well today. In fact, more people are enslaved today than at any other point in history – more than 40 million people worldwide.

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RAC staff with elected officials on capitol hill

  Today, we delivered a letter to every member of the 116th Congress outlining our 2019 legislative priorities and urging them to join us in the pursuit of a more just and compassionate world.

Together, with leadership from our partners in the 116th Congress and an engaged base of committed citizens, we can build an immigration system that treats all people with dignity and respect, including asylum seekers, Dreamers, and holders of Temporary Protected Status.

Together, we can urge the...

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hand writing TAX on piece of paper

  Recently, the Religious Action Center submitted a letter to Congress urging the repeal of a new tax provision on transportation benefits that would harm nonprofits across the country, including congregations and other institutions within the Reform Movement. We believe it is important to stand up against detrimental polices which unnecessarily entangle government with religion and threaten our ability to build a vibrant Jewish community.

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