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Beth El Civic Engagement Leadership Team: (from left to right) Patrice Gotsch, Janet Garber, Cantor Jason Kaufman, Dorrit Lowsen and Rabbi David Spinrad

We are a little less than a month away from the 2018 midterm election in the United States, and we, as Reform Jews, must not forget the power of our vote. Our vote allows us to exercise our voices and our values as the U.S. navigates a complicated political landscape.

It is with an incredible amount of gratitude that I serve as the clergy co-chair for the RAC’s Civic Engagement Campaign, an unprecedented and critical campaign created specifically for the 2018 midterm election season. I have volunteered with numerous...

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Hand holding up a sign that reads Climate Action Is Our Obligation at a protest rally

 During the month of Elul, we engaged in reflection in hopes of spiritual return, or t’shuvah.  The Green Team at Temple Israel Boston (TI) has been reflecting—and working—to reduce our synagogue’s carbon footprint and to educate congregants on ways they can reduce their individual carbon footprint. As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “Few are guilty, but all are responsible.” Individual and collective t’shuvah, repentance, are both essential.   

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Consultation on Conscience written in white on blue with date May 19-21, 2019

High school social justice leaders are invited to attend the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s biennial social justice leadership conference, the Consultation on Conscience. Held over three days in Washington D.C., the Consultation on Conscience is dedicated to training and empowering Jewish leaders like you to make real, lasting change at the national, state, provincial, and local levels.  

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Photo by Oliver Morrison/PublicSource

“I’m fifteen years old, and a sophomore in high school. In my decade and a half living in America, I have inhaled the equivalent of about five-thousand-five-hundred cigarettes, when in reality I’ve never touched one. I’m only a teenager and that is an outrageous number. There are millions of people who have breathed this poor air for far longer than me, getting sicker and sicker with every breath they take. It is shameful that so many Americans - 150,000 - die prematurely each year from preventable pollution related causes.”

That’s...

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Broken globe held together by bandaids

This post is adapted from Congregation Beth Am's monthly newsletter.

Can you be a good Jew without caring about social justice? Most of us would see that as a contradiction in terms. The 2013 Pew study found that 56% of American Jews called “working for justice and equality” essential to their Jewish identity.

Reform Jews especially emphasize tikkun olam (repairing/healing the world);...

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