This week, the Union for Reform Judaism and the Religious Action Center sent a check for $5,000 to our partners at Nothing But Nets to fund anti-malarial initiatives in Liberia, the country at the heart of the Ebola epidemic. But why fight malaria when Ebola is killing so many? According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, there have been 6,574 cases of Ebola and 3,091 deaths since the start of the outbreak on March 25. In the same six month period, a child has died every 60 seconds from malaria. That’s more than 260,000 child deaths from a completely preventable and treatable disease. While it’s important for the world community to rally around any global health concern – Ebola chief among them – we mustn’t let these efforts distract us from our continuing fights. Over the past decade we’ve been able to halve the number of child deaths from malaria, but there is still so much work that needs to be done. A simple insecticide-treated bed net can protect and entire family for three years, and it only costs $10. That’s less than my dinner cost last night. I hope you’ll join me in donating $10 to the URJ’s fund to fight malaria through Nothing But Nets. It takes 2 minutes and is an easy way to save a life this High Holy Day season. G’mar chatimah tovah!
November 27, 2023
We stand with the people of Israel during these difficult and challenging days and pray for the safety and immediate release of all of the hostages. See our resources and actions you can take.
November 15, 2023
Before sharing some tools for facing and combating antisemitism, it’s important to have a clear understanding of exactly what antisemitism is.
November 3, 2023
When we think about climate change, I believe we often get lost in the global context and forget about its local impacts. Climate change is a complex, unfamiliar, slow-moving, and intergenerational problem that covers a broad range of policies, topics, and headlines.