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RAC Teen Justice Fellowship Empowers Teen Organizers

Shoshana Maniscalco
In the seven years since the RAC Teen Justice Fellowship began, we have seen that teens can create extraordinary change. In the 2023-2024 school year, more than 170 young people from 33 states and provinces were trained as Teen Justice Fellows. These teens see injustice in the world and are united in their dedication to helping repair it.

The URJ at 150 and Founding of the RAC

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Sixty-two years ago, the founders of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (the RAC) stood in the White House Garden and presented President John F. Kennedy with a historic Torah from the Isaac Mayer Wise Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio. This auspicious anniversary allows us to look back on milestones like this one with pride as we renew our inspiration.

Hate Crimes in 2021: An Incomplete Picture

Rachel Klein
Last week, the FBI released its annual compilation of hate crimes statistics, summarizing all hate crimes reported to the FBI in 2021. While the statistics themselves are grim and disturbing, the most alarming statistic in this year’s announcement is what was not reported. While underreporting of hate crimes has been an ongoing issue, this report is more inaccurate than usual.

Two Out of Two

Yolanda Savage-Narva
As a graduate of both Tougaloo College and Jackson State University, the bomb threats to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are personal to me. Since January 2022, over a dozen HBCUs have received bomb threats; several of those threats were received on the first day of Black history month. The continuous attacks on institutions of higher learning; places of worship and individual attacks are a direct threat to our everyday existence.

Help Lead the Reform Movement’s Social Justice Initiatives: Apply to be a Member of the Commission on Social Action

At this moment, we are faced with an array of challenges: racial injustice, attacks on abortion rights, immigration justice, climate change, economic inequality, and more. As Reform Jews, we know that we can and must work to repair what is broken in our world. The Commission on Social Action leads the Reform Movement's social justice work - and we are eager for you to join us.