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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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Students gathered with a sign that reads "Books Not Bullets"

In the last year, our youth-led, Reform Jewish gun violence prevention campaign engaged hundreds of student leaders around civic engagement and reducing gun violence in America. In our second year, we want to train even more stellar leaders, and mobilize to pass state and federal gun violence prevention legislation. We’re building partnerships across lines of race and faith, working to lift up and learn from young activists of color who have been doing this work for decades, and rallying the entire Reform Movement, two million Jews strong, behind our efforts.

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Camp Harlam participants at L'Taken

In March, we attended the RAC’s L’Taken Social Justice Seminar with Camp Harlam and chose to lobby our members of Congress about the importance of comprehensive immigration reform and refugee resettlement. In the House, The Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), introduced on March 12 by Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard, Nydia M. Velazquez, and Yvette D. Clarke, would allow DREAMers and holders of temporary protected status (TPS) to stay in the...

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This January, nearly 650 high school students from across the United States converged on Capitol Hill to lobby their members of Congress as part of the RAC’s L’Taken Social Justice Seminar. One student, Sammy Polliack, a high school sophomore from Lake Oswego, Oregon, chose to lobby on gun violence prevention. He met with staff from Representative Kurt Schrader’s office and gave an impassioned speech urging co-sponsorship of the ...

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