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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

Governance of RAC-CA
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RAC-CA seeks to build our collective power to create the California of our dreams. Our structure includes professional staff, a statewide leadership team, issue research groups, and congregational social justice teams. 

RAC-CA Issue Research Teams

RAC-CA has six issue research teams covering climate change, criminal justice, immigration, health care, housing, and gun violence prevention. Comprised of lay leaders and clergy, these teams research bills and ballot measures to help set our legislative agenda and mobilize congregational social justice teams.

RAC-CA In-District Meetings with State Legislators

Building on a successful year of advocacy in 2018, Reform congregations across California are meeting with their state legislators to build relationships and prepare for 2019. Talk to your congregation now to schedule a meeting with your state assemblymember and senator before January 18, 2019. Click on the links below for more resources! 

RAC-CA 2018 Legislative Agenda
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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.

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.

Meeting and Contacting Your Legislator
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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]

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