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Cantor Jason Kaufman

Beth El Civic Engagement Leadership Team: (from left to right) Patrice Gotsch, Janet Garber, Cantor Jason Kaufman, Dorrit Lowsen and Rabbi David Spinrad

We are a little less than a month away from the 2018 midterm election in the United States, and we, as Reform Jews, must not forget the power of our vote. Our vote allows us to exercise our voices and our values as the U.S. navigates a complicated political landscape.

It is with an incredible amount of gratitude that I serve as the clergy co-chair for the RAC’s Civic Engagement Campaign, an unprecedented and critical campaign created specifically for the 2018 midterm election season. I have volunteered with numerous political campaigns in the past, but I find particular meaning and...

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I often think about how fortunate I am to live in this period of time when social justice for the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community is advancing at such a rapid pace.

I never felt this more profoundly than on April 28, when I stood outside the United States Supreme Court to demonstrate my support for marriage equality.  Thanks also to a great deal of luck, I was even able to sit inside the chamber and listen to the oral arguments for a few brief minutes.  As I walked into the courtroom I consciously called to mind LGBTQ heroes and righteous allies who...

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