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Camp Harlam participants at L'Taken

In March, we attended the RAC’s L’Taken Social Justice Seminar with Camp Harlam and chose to lobby our members of Congress about the importance of comprehensive immigration reform and refugee resettlement. The Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), introduced on March 12 by Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard, Nydia M. Velazquez, and Yvette D. Clarke, would allow Dreamers and holders of temporary protected status (TPS) to stay in the country that they...

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This January, nearly 650 high school students from across the United States converged on Capitol Hill to lobby their members of Congress as part of the RAC’s L’Taken Social Justice Seminar. One student, Sammy Polliack, a high school sophomore from Lake Oswego, Oregon, chose to lobby on gun violence prevention. He met with staff from Representative Kurt Schrader’s office and gave an impassioned speech urging co-sponsorship of the ...

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Jess Becker and Jonah Pesner headshots


On Wednesday, March 13, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, met with the NFTY Social Action Vice President-elect Jess Becker to discuss their shared visions for the Reform Movement's commitment to social justice. Their conversation - which covered gun violence prevention advocacy, the power of the youth vote, the Torah's teachings on pursuing justice, and more - highlights the power of the adult-teen...

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Temple Emanuel Global Mitzvah Project

At Temple Emanuel (TE) in Metropolitan Washington, D.C., we are dreamers of peace and justice. An ancient Jewish Mishnah teaches us, “Whoever saves a single life is like saving worlds." The verse from the prophet Amos reminds us, “Let justice well up as waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.” These verses adorn our sanctuary ark, and they reflect our Temple’s deep commitment to uplifting lives with acts of justice that seek pragmatic on-the-grounds results in needy communities around the world.

Imagine throwing a small pebble of...

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Student organizers pose with Congresswoman Madeleine Dean

This past January, I, along with my confirmation class, had the opportunity to attend L’Taken, the RAC’s social justice seminar for high schoolers. During L’Taken, we hear from RAC staff about a wide variety of policy issues, then choose one to lobby our members of Congress about on Capitol Hill. The choice was easy for me – I knew I wanted to talk about gun violence.  

We spent the day writing our speech for Congress. As I learned more statistics and facts about gun violence, I was stunned. Seeing the impacts of gun violence in society and...

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