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Rabbi Jonah Pesner speaking at a podium with the sign "NO BAN ACT"

This post is adapted from remarks offered by Rabbi Jonah Pesner at the No Ban Act press conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, April 10. Photo courtesy of Muslim Advocates.

Good morning. I'm a rabbi and leader of the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest and most diverse denomination in Jewish life. I am joined here today by many, many of members...

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Participants writing letters

At a women’s retreat sponsored by Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, VA, Cory Amron, attorney and president of Women Lawyers On Guard, and Beth Singer, principal of Beth Singer Design, designed a potent social action experience for attendees. The group wrote individual letters of support and encouragement to victims of unthinkable events, and also people who are fighting the good fight. They wrote to fire fighters in California, to the Tree of Life Synagogue community, to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Parkland families, Dr....

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Another fantastic L’Taken season has come and gone. Over six weekends, 2,000 Reform Jewish high school students joined us in Washington, D.C. to explore our nation’s Capital, engage in meaningful learning about Judaism and social justice, and make their voices heard in the halls of Congress.

Check out our top 8 moments from the 2019 season of the Bernard and Audre Rappaport L’Taken Social Justice Seminar - and then register to join us for the 2020 season!

1. Reform Jewish teens led the way on gun... Read More

Israeli flags

In February, Reform Jewish high school students from across the country came to Washington, D.C for the Bernard and Audre Rapaport L’Taken Social Justice Seminar. Anya Byrne from Temple Israel in Tallahassee, FL, prepared and delivered a speech on pursing peace in Israel to staff in Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Rick Scott, and Congressman Neal Dunn’s offices. In the face of continued violence and instability in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, advocacy and engagement from Anya and her peers are crucially important in...

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Three Burstein fellows bless the reading of the Torah on Shabbat morning

Inspired by Rabbi Marcus Burstein's commitment to Torah, social justice and developing a new generation of Jewish leaders, the Rabbi Marcus Burstein Fellowship strengthens the group of college students and young professionals helping lead the L'Taken Social Justice Seminars. This fellowship opportunity was made possible by Rabbi Burstein’s widower, Eric Larson. The L’Taken seminars provide an experience for Reform Jewish teens to gather in Washington, D.C. with hundreds of their peers and explore what Judaism has to teach about the issues facing our world. The Burstein Fellows...

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