The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
It is hard to believe that Hanukkah is already here. I am sure many other people get to this time of year and wonder, “How did we get here?”
This question is not solely about the passage of time and Hanukkah, however. It is also relevant to the immigration situation at our southern border and throughout the undocumented migrant population in our country. I still have so much to learn about the current immigration crisis, but I have quickly come to learn quite a bit about one aspect of immigration: child separation and detention.
Since my...Read More
Two years ago, I had the honor of serving as the New York Area Regional Social Action Vice President for NFTY - The Reform Jewish Youth Movement. As a high school senior, I was responsible for planning and leading the New York Area region in meaningful social justice programming and community service projects, and I was given many opportunities to grow and learn as a leader. I went to local social justice events, I connected with other regional social action leaders, I went to events, rallies, and protests. One of the most important things I learned from...Read More
Crises often continue long after they disappear from the headlines, and the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in Burma is no exception. That is why we are joining with our partners* on Erev Shabbat, December 7, 2018, to dedicate the 6th candle of Hanukkah to the Rohingya people of Burma. We hope you will join us.
Since August of 2017, a campaign of ethnic cleansing has forced over 700,000 Rohingya men, women, and children to flee from Burma to Bangladesh, where they remain in refugee camps with an uncertain future. The...Read More
At the conclusion of the 2017-2018 L’Taken season, we launched the inaugural cohort of the RAC Teen Justice Fellowship with 50 teens registered for this opportunity. This fellowship, designed exclusively for alumni of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport L’Taken Social Justice Seminars, created an online community-based learning space. We covered current events, advocacy skills trainings and civic engagement. For successful completion of the fellowship, each fellow was required to complete a Civic Engagement Project. Below are a...Read More
Following in the tradition of Abraham, who heeded God’s call in Parshat Lech Lecha, 275 diverse Jewish communities in 33 states across North America responded to the urgency of the global refugee crisis by celebrating National Refugee Shabbat on October 19-20. This shabbat, coordinated by HIAS, served as an opportunity to learn more about the global refugee crisis—now the worst in history with 68.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide—and to commit to action. Many Reform congregations...Read More