The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
This January will mark my third season of the L’Taken Social Justice Seminars as a member of the Religious Action Center staff. 12 times I have welcomed Jewish teens from across the country to Washington, DC for four immersive days of learning, growing and advocacy. And it doesn’t get old. One of my favorite things about L’Taken is to learn alongside our participants as they discover their own power for change in this country. When we walk up Capitol Hill on Monday morning to meet with senators and representatives – 400 strong – we know that our power lies not in one meeting alone, but in our collective message.
As you all know, the 2018 midterm elections are quickly approaching, and there is still so much work to do. Again, we are in a moment when our efforts as a collective are so important and so powerful. To be a part of a democracy is to be civically engaged, even when it feels like one vote, phone call, door-knock or candidate forum may not make a difference. Democracy—and our enduring Jewish values of civic engagement—demand that we act and that we try to make a difference, for the betterment of our community and our country.
With 5 weeks until the election, here are 5 things your confirmation class/post-confirmation/youth group/L’Taken cohort can do to be civically engaged in the lead up to the election:
For more resources and ways to get involved, visit RAC.org/CivicEngagement.