The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
This week, we lament the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision, which gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Partly drafted in the Religious Action Center’s library, the VRA was conceived of to ensure state and local governments could not pass laws that would deny American citizens the equal right to vote based on race. It is one of the most consequential pieces of federal legislation in American history. However, since the Court came down with their split 5-4 ruling in 2013, millions...Read More
UPDATE (06/22/2019): According to reports Saturday, the planned raids described below have been postponed. However, other deportation arrests are ongoing and the "family op" may be reinstated at any time. The RAC remains vigilant and ready to oppose these deportations if and when they begin. We continue to encourage everyone to connect with local immigrant justice organizations.
The federal government...Read More
Yesterday, Sebastian Gorka, a notorious far-right pundit, attacked me on Twitter for my unequivocal support for reproductive rights. In fact, he implied that supporting an individual’s right to make moral decisions about their own health care is antithetical to Jewish values.
How did this happen?
On Tuesday, the RAC held an event as part of our Machon Kaplan Summer Event Series for college students where we discussed Judaism, abortion, and the future of Roe v. Wade....Read More
The Reform Jewish Movement is no stranger to standing up for immigrant justice. We have worked with DREAMers and lobbied for comprehensive Immigration reform at the federal level. Our congregations show up for our neighbors at the state, provincial, and local level. Now, the Reform Movement can add RAC-NY’s first statewide campaign -- joining the Green Light Coalition to allow undocumented New Yorkers to apply for driver’s licenses -- to that impressive list.
After a nearly two-decade battle, and with just two days left on the legislative calendar, the New York State Senate passed...Read More
June 19, 2019
Dear Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives:
I write on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 2,000 Reform rabbis, to urge you to support refugee resettlement and help the United States return to its historic commitments to refugees.
We are facing the worst refugee crisis in global history: over 68.5 million people are forcibly displaced, including 25.4 million...Read More