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Why is this night different from all others? It is the essential question that the Jewish people ask themselves at the Seder table as we celebrate Passover. During Passover we do things not usually considered appropriate for the dinner table. As we recall the story of our ancestors’ escape from Egypt, we recline, relax, and celebrate our freedom. It is a joyous occasion, full of hope and stories of tremendous courage. 

The same could be said about the March for Our Lives movement and its impact on the gun control debate. Why is this movement...

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism's L'Taken Social Justice Seminar brings teens from across the country to Washington, D.C. to learn about social justice, advocacy, and Jewish values. This post is adapted from a speech delivered to the offices of Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey as part of the L'Taken Capitol Hill Lobby Day. 

I attend North Pocono School District where, for the past four years, I’ve been actively part of the student council. I’ve held various officer positions, and currently I’m serving as the Student Council...

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Rodeph Sholom congregants with their letter to the school board on transgender students' rights

On March 22nd, my temple, Congregation Rodeph Sholom of New York City, sent out letters to our school district Superintendent. The letters thanked our district for the work they are doing to make transgender and gender nonconforming students feel safe and expressive in their own schools. I learned of this opportunity take action after I attended the Bernard and Audre Rappaport L’Taken Social Justice Seminar for the second time. I brought...

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Reform Judaism’s emphasis on egalitarianism and justice is central to our DNA. Therefore, it is shocking that Reform Jewish women professionals are routinely paid less than their male counterparts. Of course, this is standard in the secular world, but one would not expect to find a robust wage gap within our Movement. However, our ethical values, mixed with our Reform ability to organize, educate, and activate, will lead us towards equal pay for every woman working in a Reform synagogue or organization.

This Tuesday, April 10, is Equal...

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Rabbi Neil Hirsch speaks at an interfaith prayer vigil for criminal justice reform at the Massachusetts Statehouse. 

Criminal justice reform, as an outgrowth of the Reform Jewish Movement’s commitment to racial and economic justice, is one of the three pillar issues of the RAC’s Urgency of Now campaign. We are all grateful to those in law enforcement who risk their lives every day to keep us safe, but we also know that structural racism is a real inheritance in our country. The history and enduring presence of racism stains America, so much so that lawyer and author Michelle...

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