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Jacob Kraus

Earlier in September, the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) reached a settlement with the Community Legal Aid Society and the ACLU in a lawsuit regarding solitary confinement for those with mental illness that will usher in major changes. The suit claimed that solitary confinement worsens mental health conditions and that the state had placed inmates with such conditions in restrictive housing, without properly treating them or assessing the impact on their well-being.

Under the terms of the settlement, which the ACLU announced on September 6, solitary confinement in Delaware...

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Reform Rabbis Join the NC NAACP for a Voting Rights Press Conference

On Friday, July 29, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously struck down key parts of one of the most restrictive voter suppression laws on the books in the U.S. The law, passed by the North Carolina legislature shortly after the 2013 Supreme Court Ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, imposed strict photo ID requirements, limited early voting and erected other barriers that especially affected people of color, people with low incomes, young people and the elderly.

After reviewing the law and the process by which the legislature created it, the court...

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Voting Rights Advocates and Voter Registration Clipboards

Late last week, 200 Reform Jews and advocates for social justice gathered in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina to launch Nitzavim: Standing Up for Voter Protection and Participation. People traveled from near and far to a state that had passed a voter suppression law that targeted black voters with “almost surgical precision” to make a clear statement in support of racial justice and voting rights.

Together, we heard from leaders in our Movement, the North Carolina NAACP and beyond about the importance of this election and ensuring that the votes of people of color will matter across...

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Outside of Israel and the United States, it is rare to hear that a Jew has been elected to a national office. Twice this year, though, Jewish leaders in both Uganda and Ukraine have won election to prominent seats in their national governments.

In Uganda, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu won a seat in parliament this past February. Rabbi Sizomu is the leader of Uganda’s 2,000-person Abayudaya Jewish community that began when the group chose Judaism in 1919. This was his second run for office after a loss in 2011 that he had argued was fraudulent. One of the key issues that set Rabbi Sizomu...

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Outside of Israel and the United States, it is rare to hear that a Jew has been elected to a national office. Twice this year, though, Jewish leaders in both Uganda and Ukraine have won election to prominent seats in their national governments.

In Uganda, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu won a seat in parliament this past February. Rabbi Sizomu is the leader of Uganda’s 2,000-person Abayudaya Jewish community that began when the group chose Judaism in 1919. This was his second run for office after a loss in 2011 that he had argued was fraudulent. One of the key issues that set Rabbi Sizomu...

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