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Ohio Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

The Ohio Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC-OH) is an organizing community bringing Reform Jews from across Ohio together in the pursuit of justice in our state. It was created in the belief that we can create a more just and compassionate Ohio together. For more information, contact Rabbi Rick Kellner at rabbirick@bethtikvahcolumbus.org and Amy Katz at ajkatz1225@gmail.com.

You can support this critical organizing work in Ohio online or by contacting Ilene Ausubel.

Ohio Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

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Please join RAC-OH on Monday, July 27 from 7-8:30 p.m. ET for Racism, Antisemitism, and the Vote. We welcome special guest Eric K. Ward, a nationally recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy. This powerful, nonpartisan campaign is part of Every Voice, Every Vote: The Reform Movement’s 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign, an effort to strengthen our democracy by ensuring that every voice is heard and every vote is counted in the November election and that our Reform Jewish values are represented in the public square.  


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RAC-OH is not a criminal justice organization, but rather a Jewish values organization. We are building power and leveraging our Jewish values in the public space to create real change for Ohio.

Our first issue campaign is dedicated to criminal justice reform. We believe this is a Jewish issue.

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13th is a 2016 documentary directed by Ava DuVernay. The film explores the intersection of race and mass incarceration in the United States.

Please use our discussion guide below to reflect on this movie, and its implications for criminal justice reform work, with your Jewish or interfaith community. 

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Teshuvah means a return to our true selves, a return to our community and ultimately a return to our Creator. Citizens returning and making teshuvah after prison face a period of probation and a permanent criminal record viewable by prospective employers, lenders, renters etc.

SB66 returns autonomy to judges to treat probation violators within the community. It provides the options of intervention and treatment in lieu of conviction and makes time in prison for violating probation shorter and less likely. 

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Thanks in part to Reform Jews across the state of Ohio, after Shabbat fell on Friday night, June 30, Governor Kasich signed the Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison program (TCAP) into law. 

TCAP will keep an extra 3,400 souls a year in their communities receiving the support, treatment, and rehabilitation they desperately need.