The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
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...Read More
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...Read More
America’s patchwork health care system is fraying at the edges.
Over 27 million Americans live without insurance and millions more cannot afford quality care even with insurance. Since the beginning of this administration, attacks on the Affordable Care Act and the broader American health care system have weakened patient protections and resulted in the highest uninsured rate since 2014. Seventeen states...Read More
In biblical Judaism, every seventh year was considered a shmita year. During this year, crops would not be planted, debts were forgiven, slaves were freed, and every 49th year land ownership was relinquished. In modern times, we understand shmita as a release, an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to being good stewards of God’s creations and to correct the inequalities we perpetuate.
While the next shmita year is not until Rosh...Read More
Shortly after International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), reintroduced the Never Again Education Act, an important piece of legislation designed to improve Holocaust education and combat anti-Semitism. This bill could not come at a more opportune moment, and we are proud to once again endorse this historic bill.
The Never Again Education Act would establish a fund through the U.S. Department of Education to provide grants to schools to further Holocaust education through new textbooks, teacher training seminars...Read More