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California Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

RAC-CA brings together the Reform Jewish congregations and communities of California to organize powerfully across lines of race, class, and faith. Together, we will achieve a more just and compassionate California.

California Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

RAC-CA 2018 Legislative Agenda
CA State Capitol

RAC-CA has lobbied on behalf of 14 bills in six issue areas: Climate Change, housing/homelessness, criminal justice, immigration, health care and gun violence prevention. Our efforts were a key factor in passage of SB-100, the 100% Clean Energy bill. 

RAC-CA Lobby Day 2018
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On August 7, 2018,  two hundred Reform rabbis, cantors, lay leaders and teens gathered in Sacramento to advance RAC-CA’s legislative agenda. We had a powerful meeting with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and then we divided into small groups to meet with 27 Assemblymembers and 19 Senators to lobby them on issues of critical importance to our California Reform Jewish community.

Become a 100% Voting Congregation & Help Pass Prop 1

Reform congregations in California are working to strengthen our democracy and build our capacity to advance Jewish values in the public sphere and build the California of our dreams.

Learn about becoming a 100% voting congregation, including developing your own 100% voting plan, matching your membership list against the voter list, and ordering voter pledge cards. 

Learn more about Proposition 1, the $4 billion housing bond that RAC-CA is supporting.

Watch this recording of a webinar on Prop 1 to learn how your congregation can take action.

Meeting and Contacting Your Legislator
Reform CA activists meet with a State Legislator

Reform Congregations across CA are meeting with their legislators to talk about the urgent issues facing our state, our country, and our world. Interested in joining, but not sure how to make the biggest impact? Check out these resources on how to be a successful advocate: 

Download tips for legislative visits
Find out who your Representative is
View the recording of our Speaking Truth to Power: Engaging Policymakers with a Purpose webinar [40 min]

Brit Olam: The World We Want
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The Brit Olam: The World We Want covenant is a commitment by clergy and key lay members to lead your congregational or community rapid response to hatred and bigotry, and to advocate for CA legislation that advances Jewish values.

Reform CA 2017 Lobby Day
Reform CA activists pose with Senate President Pro-Tempore Kevin De Leon

Reform CA held our 2017 statewide gathering and lobby day on August 22 in Sacramento. Reform Jews from across California gathered to hear from Senate President Pro-Tempore Kevin De Leon and lobby their representatives directly on issues of immigration, criminal justice reform, climate change, and more.

View photos from the 2017 Lobby Day

Contact our team
For Southern California:
Lee Winkelman
California Organizing Director
For Northern California:
Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller
Senior California Organizer