The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Opponents of school voucher programs recently learned of a new scheme that will hurt military-connected families around the country. Introduced as the Military Education Savings Account Act of 2018 (S. 2517/H.R 5199), the bill would create education savings accounts (ESAs), which would essentially establish a voucher program for military families. These ESAs would funnel money set aside for Impact Aid away from public schools and toward subsidizing the cost of private educations, including religious schools.... Read More
This post is adapted from a sermon given on February 9, 2018 at Temple Beth El in San Pedro, CA.
Last night I read a disturbing article published by Reuters which provided a detailed, graphic and verified account of a massacre of ten Rohingya men in a remote village in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. If you are not aware what is happening in Myanmar, then I strongly suggest that you investigate the world’s most current genocide. ...Read More
This year, International Transgender Day of Visibility coincided with the first day of Passover, a particularly meaningful coincidence. On International Transgender Day of Visibility, we celebrate transgender people and the courage it takes to live openly, while recognizing the discrimination and violence that trans people continue to face. On Passover, we celebrate the Israelites’ exodus...Read More
Inspired by Rabbi Marcus Burstein's commitment to Torah, social justice and developing a new generation of Jewish leaders, the Rabbi Marcus Burstein Fellowship strengthens the group of college students and young professionals helping lead the L'Taken Social Justice Seminars. This fellowship opportunity was made possible by Rabbi Burstein’s widower, Eric Larson. The L’Taken seminars provide an experience for Reform Jewish teens to gather in Washington, D.C. with hundreds of their peers and explore what Judaism has to teach about the issues facing our world. The Burstein Fellows...Read More
Photo: Alejandro Alvarez
On February 14th, our country suffered another unspeakable tragedy – 17 students and teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were killed in a mass shooting. Soon after the shooting in Parkland, I wanted to do something to stop the cycle of gun violence. I was not going to watch Congress wait for the outcry for reform to fade, just like they have after every other mass shooting. I thought that a sit-in, a tactic that has proven to be...Read More