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In mid-January, the Trump administration expanded its attack on social services and educational institutions under the guise of religious freedom with the proposal of several new draft policies (known as proposed rules) that would allow government-funded social service providers and universities to discriminate against beneficiaries and employees on the basis of religion. These draft policies were published by eight agencies: The Departments of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, Labor, and Veterans Affairs, and the United States Agency for...

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Rabbi Eliana Fischel, a rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington D.C., made the follow statements before the June Medical vs. Russo rally in front of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 4. 

Our tradition is no stranger to creative controls on female bodies. In just a few days, we will dress ourselves in masks and costumes, perhaps imbibe a bit, all to honor the festive and ridiculous holiday of Purim. But Purim is not only about drunken revelry. Purim is about power, oppression and yes, even, specifically, about needed bodily autonomy.

Early in the story,...

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We are living in an urgent time. As the plague of gun violence persists, immigrants are under attack, and climate change destroys our planet, the Reform movement’s work of bringing justice, unity, and compassion to the world becomes more necessary. To repair the brokenness of our world, we must bring our Reform Jewish values into the public sphere by participating in the democratic process and voting in 2020. And as always, young voters will lead the way.

The Religious Action Center (RAC)’s College Civic Engagement Campaign Network will support, train, and mobilize Reform Jewish...

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On February 25, the Harris County Commissioners voted to create a taxpayer-funded legal defense program for immigrants facing deportation in the Houston metro area. The narrow victory on a vote that passed 3-2 came after six Houston Jewish leaders working with RAC-TX — including four rabbis — joined with immigrant rights advocates to testify in favor of the program.

The RAC-TX cohort joined more than 25 immigrant rights leaders who packed the...

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If someone told me as a high school senior that after graduating college, I’d find myself working in Washington, D.C. for the largest Jewish denomination in North America, I would have been skeptical. In the years following my Bar Mitzvah, I barely set foot in temple. I loved lighting Hannukah candles and celebrating Passover with my family. But I wasn’t drawn to more formal synagogue activities that felt often like obligations – that, coupled with my lifelong desire to sleep in on the weekends, made me think I might never have particularly deep involvement with the Jewish community....

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