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Tracy Wolf

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The news of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing shocked the nation last week. As Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center said, “Throughout his nearly 30 years of the Supreme Court, and earlier as an appeals court judge, Justice Scalia demonstrated rigorous intellect and made clear his commitment to public service.” Justice Scalia was a committed public servant, and we mourn his loss and pray for comfort for his family and loved ones.

The vacancy on the Supreme Court left by Justice Scalia has raised many questions about what the future holds for...

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Those of us in the U.S. have just celebrated Presidents Day, which honors the birthdays of President Washington and President Lincoln. In thinking about our country’s history, it's also important to consider our future leadership, as 2016 is a Presidential election year. A crucial election day - "Super Tuesday" - is only months away. At stake are vital political, economic, and moral issues of concern to all Americans, in addition to issues of special concern to American Jews and women. 

Legislation on significant issues such as healthcare (including reproductive healthcare),...

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The RAC is very excited to announce a new opportunity for individuals and congregations to engage around the issue of gun violence. On February 23 at 12:00 ET, we will be launching our Active Learning Network webinar series on gun violence prevention, and we want you to join us!

This Active Learning Network will consist of 4-6 webinars over the next few months for congregations that want to learn about gun violence prevention and who may want to experiment with programming around this topic in the near future. The webinars will feature presentations and conversations with issue...

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I’ve been writing a lot recently about the many Supreme Court cases that are being heard this term. Two of these cases deal particularly with reproductive rights. Zubik v. Burwell is about religious non-profits and the Affordable Care Act’s rules on contraceptive coverage, and Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (formerly Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole) is about access to abortion services. While the Court is not expected to rule on these cases until the end of this session, there were two victories for the reproductive rights community in January from the Court. Sometimes, the Supreme Court...

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Across the country, there has been an onslaught of anti-LGBT bills that have been introduced in state legislatures. These bills seek to roll back the few protections that currently exist for LGBT people in the areas of housing, employment, credit and public spaces and service (also known as public accommodations). Oftentimes, these bills specifically target individuals who are transgender or gender non-conforming.

Recently, one of these bills was introduced in Washington State. Bill H.B. 2589 would amend Washington’s Law Against Discrimination to take away the ability of...

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