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Reform Jewish Movement Condemns Decision to Allow Discrimination in Foster Care System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2019 

Media contact:
Jenna Galper, jgalper@rac.org, 202-387-2800

Reform Jewish Movement Condemns Decision to Allow Discrimination in Foster Care System

Positive Developments in Budget Deal, But More Must Be Done to Protect Vulnerable Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 16, 2015 — In response to the announcement of a congressional budget agreement, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, released the following statement:

Positive Developments in Budget Deal, But More Must Be Done to Protect Vulnerable Americans

Ban On Gay Scouts Undermines Shared Principles

Rabbi Saperstein: "We look forward to the day we can encourage our congregations to return to their historical rolein hosting BSA troops; indeed, we hope that day may be soon."

Contact: Sean Thibault or Benny Witkovsky
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

Ban On Gay Scouts Undermines Shared Principles

Published: 02/05/2013

President Obama's New Refugee Program for Central American Children a Welcome Step, but Comprehensive Solution Still Needed

Contact: Max Rosenblum or Jonathan Edelman
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

WASHINGTON, DC, October 2, 2014 — In response to President Obama's announcement of a plan to address the unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, Barbara Weinstein, Director of the Commission on Social Action of ReformJudaism, issued the following statement:

President Obama's New Refugee Program for Central American Children a Welcome Step, but Comprehensive Solution Still Needed

Published: 10/02/2014

Reform Jewish Leader Urges Senate Passage of Children's Health Bill

Saperstein: It is our obligation to stand here today and say that our nation’s future, our nation’s well being, depends on the physical and mental well being of America’s youth.

Contact: Sean Thibault or Gwendolyn Litvak
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

Reform Jewish Leader Urges Senate Passage of Children's Health Bill

Published: 08/02/2007

Reform Jewish Leader Sends a Letter to the President Urging Him to Reauthorize SCHIP

Saperstein: We ask you to reconsider your position and use this opportunity to make an investment in our nation’s future by signing the SCHIP bill into law.

 

Contact: Sean Thibault or Jessica Weiser 202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

 

Reform Jewish Leader Sends a Letter to the President Urging Him to Reauthorize SCHIP

Reform Jewish Leader Applauds Passage of Head Start Reauthorization

Saperstein: This long-awaited moment signals our nation’s continuing commitment to ending the cycle of poverty by providing our low-income children with better educational opportunities.

Contact: Sean Thibault or Jessica Weiser
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

Reform Jewish Leader Applauds Passage of Head Start Reauthorization

Published: 09/05/2014

Reform Movement Urges Gov. Cuomo to Intervene in East Ramapo School District

Contact: Sean Thibault or Howie Levine
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

Washington, D.C. May 13, 2014 -- In response to the problems plaguing the East Ramapo Central School District, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, recently issued the following statement:

Reform Movement Urges Gov. Cuomo to Intervene in East Ramapo School District

Reform Movement Urges Co-Sponsorship of Safe Schools and Non-Discrimination Legislation

Rabbi David Saperstein: "As Jews, our tradition and history teach us that we should not stand by as others suffer- we envision a government which 'to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance' (George Washington, in a letter to Moses Seixas, 1790). Yet LGBT students are frequently victimized in their own schools and at the hands of their fellow students."

Contact: Sean Thibault or Sophie Golomb
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

Reform Movement Urges Co-Sponsorship of Safe Schools and Non-Discrimination Legislation

Praise for Supreme Court Decision in 'Juvenile Life Without Parole' Case

 Rabbi Saperstein: "We reaffirm the biblical concept that the criminal is a human being, capable of reshaping his or her life."

Contact: Sean Thibault or Katharine Nasielski
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

Praise for Supreme Court Decision in 'Juvenile Life Without Parole' Case