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On Wednesday, March 13, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, met with the NFTY Social Action Vice President-elect Jess Becker to discuss their shared visions for the Reform Movement's commitment to social justice. Their conversation - which covered gun violence prevention advocacy, the power of the youth vote, the Torah's teachings on pursuing justice, and more - highlights the power of the adult-teen...

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Temple Emanuel Global Mitzvah Project

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...

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Student organizers pose with Congresswoman Madeleine Dean

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...

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It's time for Medicare for All

 

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...

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Photo by Josh Barwick on Unsplash

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...

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