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2016

Reform Jewish Movement Launches Nationwide Initiative to Protect Voting Rights

Washington, D.C., August 9, 2016 – With general election season well underway, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) is launching a new nonpartisan initiative to promote voter protection and participation across the country, beginning with a joint kick-off event with the NAACP on August 18 in Raleigh, NC.

Reform Jewish Movement Launches Nationwide Initiative to Protect Voting Rights

Reform Movement Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Racial Justice, Condemn Movement for Black Lives Platform Language on Israel

Washington, D.C., August 4, 2016 – In response to the release of the Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, ARZA: The Association of Reform Zionists of America, the American Conference of Cantors, Men of Reform Judaism, Women of Reform Judaism, and the North American Federation of Temple Youth:

Reform Movement Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Racial Justice, Condemn Movement for Black Lives Platform Language on Israel

Reform Movement Leader Mourns Loss of Life in Nice

Washington, D.C., July 15, 2016 – In response to a deadly attack on French citizens yesterday in the town of Nice, France, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

Reform Movement Leader Mourns Loss of Life in Nice

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner's Testimony in Opposition to First Amendment Defense Act

On behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), whose over 900 congregations include over 1.5 million Reform Jews across North America, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), which represents over 2,000 Reform rabbis, I submit this statement for the record in strong opposition to the First Amendment Defense Act, H.R. 2802

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner's Testimony in Opposition to First Amendment Defense Act

Interfaith Sign-on Letter in Opposition of First Amendment Defense Act

In advance of tomorrow’s hearings on Religious Liberty and H.R. 2802, the ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ (FADA), the undersigned organizations, representing a diverse group of beliefs and faith traditions, write to express our opposition to this measure, (S. 1598/H.R. 2802), introduced by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representative Raúl Labrador (R-ID). We would ask that this letter be included as part of the official hearings record.

Interfaith Sign-on Letter in Opposition of First Amendment Defense Act

Reform Movement Reacts to Week of Tragic Violence

Washington, D.C., July 8, 2016 – In response to the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and the deaths of the five police officers in Dallas, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:  

Reform Movement Reacts to Week of Tragic Violence

Rabbi Pesner's Statement on Party Platform Draft Progress

Washington, D.C., July 6, 2016 – In response to the release of the draft 2016 Democratic Party Platform, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner issued the following statement:

Rabbi Pesner's Statement on Party Platform Draft Progress

Published: 07/06/2016

Reform Jewish Movement Hails End of Ban on Transgender Service Members

Washington, D.C., June 30, 2016 – In response to the announcement that the Pentagon will lift the ban on transgender troops, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

Reform Jewish Movement Hails End of Ban on Transgender Service Members

Reform Movement Leader Condemns Senate's Failure to Pass Common Sense Measures to Prevent Gun Violence

Washington, D.C., June 20, 2016 – In response today’s Senate votes on expanding mandatory background checks and closing the terror gap, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

Reform Movement Leader Condemns Senate's Failure to Pass Common Sense Measures to Prevent Gun Violence

Reform Jewish Voice of New York State Applauds Passage of East Ramapo Oversight Legislation

Albany, N.Y., June 17, 2016 – In response to the passage of A.10723/S.8131, a bill in the New York State legislature that will bring much-needed funding and oversight to the East Ramapo School District, Barbara Zaron and Richard C. Laskey, co-chairs of Reform Jewish Voice of New York State, issued the following statement:

Reform Jewish Voice of New York State Applauds Passage of East Ramapo Oversight Legislation