Teens Connect to Judaism Through Justice

Joy Friedman
Annabelle Hanflig
Rabbi Greg Litcofsky
Rabbi Michael Namath
January 4, 2013
Every year, nearly 2,000 high school-aged Reform Jewish students participate in the Religious Action Center's L'Taken Seminar in Washington, D.C. At the beginning of December, Rabbi Greg Litcofsky, took the confirmation class at his congregation, Temple Emanu-El of West Essex, to Washington D.C. to participate in the L’taken Seminar. The program is designed to expose students to a variety of public policy issues, explore the Jewish values surrounding these issues and teach the skills of an effective advocate. Below, Rabbi Litcofsky and one of Temple Emanu-El’s students, Annabelle Hanflig, reflect on their experience.

25 Years Later: Solidarity with Soviet Jewry

Daphne Lazar-Price
December 6, 2012
The blogosphere, my Facebook page and my Twitter feed are abuzz with people’s memories and testimonies of the 25th anniversary of the National March on Washington for Soviet Jewry. Twenty-five years ago today, approximately one quarter of a million people descended on the National Mall in Washington to call for the freedoms of an open society in what was then the U.S.S.R.

Protecting Choice: L'Dor v'Dor

Rabbi Jessica Oleon Kirschner
August 30, 2012
We believe that both American and Jewish tradition entrust patients with autonomy in making health care decisions, free from government and interference.


Rabbi Josh Whinston
August 3, 2012

I love the recent Chik-fil-A debate, in which the CEO of Chick-fil-A has publicly condemned gay marriage, sparking many public figures to speak out against the restaurant chain.  Regardless of how one might feel about the issue of gay marriage, the fact that

Don’t Just Intend to…Do it!

July 25, 2012

By Rabbi Janice Elster

Below is a meditation on last week's parsha, Matot-Massei (Numbers 30:2-36:13) How many times have we meant to call our legislator, wanted to sign that petition but let it fall to the bottom of our e-mail inbox, planned to sign up

How the Religious Action Center Changed My Life

Stephanie Fields
July 23, 2012

It was January of my sophomore year of college and the thought passed through my mind: What am I going to do this summer? Going back to camp just did not seem like a realistic choice for me; my only options seemed to be a real internship or job.