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Brit Olam Frequently Asked Questions

I would like my congregation to sign onto the Brit Olam, what is my first step?

We are excited that you are interested in bringing the Brit Olam to your congregation! We suggest reading through the various resources on our Brit Olam Webpage to learn more about the Brit and the Urgency of Now initiative. We also suggest reviewing our step by step instruction guide that walks you through the process of what it might look like for a congregation to review, discuss, approve and sign onto the Brit Olam.

How do I submit my congregation’s signed Brit Olam?

You can submit your signed Brit Olam by using this online form, which allows you to upload a signed copy of the Brit Olam. Congregations who have signed onto the Brit Olam will be listed on the RAC’s website as Brit Olam congregations. If you would like your congregation to be included in this list, please upload a high-resolution file of your congregation’s logo when you submit the form. Once we receive your submission, you will receive a confirmation email. If you have selected to join an Urgency of Now campaign, you will also hear from a member of our staff or lay leader that is working on that campaign.

Who should serve as the three signatories on the Brit Olam?

Each congregation should have at least one clergy member (if your community has one) and two lay leaders sign onto the Brit Olam to lead your community in its justice work. You may want to consider your congregation’s president, social justice chair, and/or other board members. If it is appropriate for your community, you are welcome to have more than three people sign the Brit Olam. Please make sure to include everyone’s contact information (email and phone number).

My congregation does not have a clergy member. Can we still sign the Brit Olam?

Yes, all Reform congregations are invited to sign the Brit Olam! If your congregation does not have a clergy member, you are welcome to submit the Brit Olam with the signatures of two lay leaders.

My congregation is not ready or able to join an Urgency of Now Campaign at this time, but are engaged in justice work and community based action. Can we still sign onto the Brit Olam?

Absolutely! While congregations are encouraged to join one of our three Urgency of Now campaigns (Transgender Rights and Protections, Immigrant Justice and Criminal Justice Reform), this is not a requirement to becoming a Brit Olam congregation. The only requirement is that your congregation is committed to engaging in meaningful, focused and actionable social justice work that is grounded in the sacred and enduring Jewish values that guide our movement. This can be achieved by checking off and committing to at least one of the boxes included on the Brit Olam.

My congregation is in California. Should we sign onto this Brit Olam, or the Reform California Brit Olam?

The Reform California Brit Olam is suffiecient for being part of the North American Brit Olam effort. We encourage every congregation that has signed the Reform CA Brit Olam to bring the North American Brit Olam to the attention of their congregation's leadership so that they are aware they are also part of a larger, North American effort. If you are a California congregation who has not yet signed onto the Reform California Brit Olam, and are considering signing onto one, or perhaps both, we encourage you to sign onto whichever one(s) your congregational leadership is most comfortable with. 

Do you have additional questions? Please email Elizabeth Leff (eleff@rac.org)