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This post is adapted from a sermon given at Temple B'nai Shalom in Fairfax Station, Virginia on January 12, 2018. Watch the full sermon

On Erev Rosh Hashanah at Temple B'nai Shalom, Rabbi Amy Perlin spoke of the centrality of memory to her rabbinate and to this community. She said to the congregation:

“Memories are how we explain who we are today, in light of who we were once upon a time.” 

So many of my sweetest Jewish memories come from this place, and from this community....

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Each year, the Reform Movement honors the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by commemorating the Shabbat nearest to MLK Day as Shabbat Tzedek. On this Shabbat, we remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and celebrate the hard-fought victories of the civil rights movement. It is also a time of reflection and recommitment as our movement renews its efforts in the struggle for racial justice in North America.

In this week’s Torah portion, Va’era, God instructs Moses and Aaron to deliver...

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This post originally appeared on ReformJudaism.org

Next Monday, January 15, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In the Reform community, we observe this day with Shabbat Tzedek: Celebrate Civil Rights and Social Justice. Shabbat Tzedek honors the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – and...

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As we ring the end of 2017, relive some of the highlights of a year filled with organizing, advocating, and coming together at the RAC. Here are our top 12 (because we couldn’t choose just 10!) moments of 2017. What were yours? Happy New Year

1. Praying together as a Reform Movement before the Women’s March On January 21st, 2017, the RAC hosted “Nosh, Pray, March” to support all those marching in the Women’s March on Washington with a Shabbat worship service and...

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The great Jewish philosopher Rambam taught that the law as a whole aims to defend two things: the welfare of the soul and the welfare of the body. Our tradition inspires our belief that government must enact laws that enhance the welfare of both. Unfortunately, over the past weeks, Congressional leaders have focused on passing a harmful tax bill instead of addressing urgent issues that, without action, will endanger the bodies of millions and the soul of our country. Congress should act swiftly to resolve these issues before recessing for the holidays.

Congress has placed...

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