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This year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Tu Bishvat (the Jewish "New Year of the Trees") both occur on January 21, 2019, and the 15th of Shvat 5779. While many people are already familiar with the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, more severe wildfires and hurricanes, species loss, ocean acidification, water pollution, food insecurity, and increasing health problems, fewer people recognize that communities of color are often the most severely impacted.

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is...

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This post is adapted from Rabbi Juliana Karol's sermon at Congregation Rodeph Sholom on January 4, 2019. 

I remember learning about the concept of “strange bedfellows” in my early twenties.  I was in my first days of training as a legislative assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and our boss was explaining the peculiar alchemy of Washington, D.C. where Monday’s allies could be Tuesday’s foes. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was a perfect example: we worked together in close alignment on immigration reform, but...

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RAC Rabbinic Moral Leadership Gathering

This post was originally published on Facebook as a message to Greenwich Reform Synagogue in Connecticut after Rabbi Jordie Gerson attended the inaugural Rabbinic Moral Leadership Gathering.  

As I write this, I'm flying back to La Guardia. I'm returning from several days at the Rabbinic Moral Leadership Gathering, a gathering of 140 Reform Rabbis from across the country sponsored by the Religious Action Center, the social...

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  Throughout history, Jews have experienced the bitterness of slavery and the sweetness of freedom. Yet too often, we only think about issues of slavery around Passover. This Shabbat, however, coincides with Human Trafficking Awareness Day (January 11, 2019), a reminder that slavery is sadly alive and well today. In fact, more people are enslaved today than at any other point in history – more than 40 million people worldwide.

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RAC staff with elected officials on capitol hill

  Today, we delivered a letter to every member of the 116th Congress outlining our 2019 legislative priorities and urging them to join us in the pursuit of a more just and compassionate world.

Together, with leadership from our partners in the 116th Congress and an engaged base of committed citizens, we can build an immigration system that treats all people with dignity and respect, including asylum seekers, Dreamers, and holders of Temporary Protected Status.

Together, we can urge the...

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