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Rachel Landman

On Thursday, March 10 at 2:15pm ET, the Religious Acton Center and HIAS are hosting a webinar to discuss the current refugee crisis and how your congregation can get involved. With over 60 million people displaced worldwide, we are currently facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II. The United States has committed to accept an increased number of refugees in 2016, and we must ensure that they are welcomed into our communities.

Although numbers have decreased since the peak month in October 2015, with over 200,000 refugees reaching the shores of Greece, this is still a...

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"What’s happening in Alaska isn’t just a preview of what will happen to the rest of us if we don’t take action. It’s our wake-up call. The alarm bells are ringing. And as long as I’m president, America will lead the world to meet this threat — before it’s too late.” – President Barack Obama

As President Obama explains, over the past 40 years Alaska has warmed twice as quickly as the rest of the United States, and is thus facing the grave impacts of climate change every day.

In January 2015, President Obama recommended permanent Wilderness protection of the Coastal Plain of...

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Mosquito-borne diseases are responsible for the death of over one million people each year. Declared as an international public health emergency by the World Health Organization, the Zika virus has dominated recent headlines, but there are many other mosquito-borne diseases we must continue to focus on as we increase efforts to fight Zika.  

Zika is a virus that is spread to humans through the bite of the Aedes mosquito, which is also...

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In 2015, we broke yet another record for the warmest year, with average global temperatures reaching 54.4 degrees Fahrenheit. But, with record heat, came a surge in clean energy investment. As we face greater impacts of climate change, we are also beginning to take the necessary steps to address it. In order to achieve the goals set by nearly 200 nations in Paris last December, we must strike a balance between increasing renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), recently said that increasing renewable energy use to just 36% of the...

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As we read Parashat Mishpatim (Rules) from the book of Exodus this week, we are presented with many rules and moral imperatives that we must live by, culminating the process of creating the covenant between God and the Jewish people. The rules presented in Parashat Mishpatim are often referred to as the “Book of the Covenant” and can be split into two categories. The first group of laws (21:2-22:16) are referred to as case laws that describe specific scenarios, and the second group (22:17-2:19) are considered unconditional imperatives that one must live by every day.

One of the...

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