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Jacob Kraus

Senator Jeff Sessions looking off camera

On February 1, 2017, join Reform Jews from across the United States who are calling their senators and urging them to oppose the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. This day of action comes at a crucial time, as the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Senator Sessions’ nomination on January 31 and the full Senate vote, the last hurdle, will come soon after.

It is essential that senators hear from their Reform Jewish constituents about the threat Senator Sessions’ potential confirmation poses to the advancement of key issues such as voting...

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Tell your Senators: Oppose Jeff Sessions' Nomination

On February 1, 2017, join Reform Jews from across the United States who are calling their senators and urging them to oppose the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. This day of action comes at a crucial time, as the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Senator Sessions’ nomination on February 1 and the full Senate vote, the last hurdle, will come soon after.

It is essential that senators hear from their Reform Jewish constituents about the threat Senator Sessions’ potential confirmation poses to the advancement of key issues such as voting...

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Jail Cells

On Thursday, January 19, President Obama commuted sentences for 330 federal inmates. This comes just a couple of days after the White House announced that President Obama had granted pardons or commuted the sentences of 273 people on Tuesday, January 17. While these latest announcements have garnered significant attention because of some of the individuals who received clemency and because they came in the final days of the Obama administration, they also mark the latest chapter of an initiative the President started in 2014 that has given second chances to 1,927 people.

One of...

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Tell your Senators: Oppose Jeff Sessions' Nomination

When President-elect Trump nominated Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be the next U.S. Attorney General, we carefully examined the Senator’s long record in public life. As the nation’s top law enforcement officer, the Attorney General wields great influence over many policy areas of key importance to the Reform Movement, including civil rights, religious freedom, women’s rights, LGBTQ equality and immigration.

In a statement in advance of this week’s confirmation hearings, RAC Director Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner raised significant concerns about Senator Sessions’ nomination, expressing...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. monument in Washington, D.C.

Throughout middle school, high school, and winter breaks during college, I observed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by marching through downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, singing and praying as one community with my family, members of Rockdale Temple, my synagogue, and people of all faiths and races. We gathered together annually – always in freezing cold weather – to commemorate the civil rights marches of an earlier era that were led by Dr. King and others. When I was young, those ice cold MLK Day marches downtown were as much a ritual as lighting Shabbat candles or having a Passover seder....

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