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Rabbi Rick Jacobs' Remarks at the Poor People's Campaign

On Monday, June 18, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, will offer remarks at the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival rally in Washington, D.C. for the final Monday of action, as part of the 40 days of nonviolent, moral direct action that have served as a launch for the nationwide campaign. Over the past six weeks, Reform Jewish clergy, lay leaders, and students have spoken up and demonstrated at days of action in 39 state capitals across the country.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs' Remarks at the Poor People's Campaign

Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs to Engage in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience with the Poor People’s Campaign

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June 14, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Monday, June 18, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, will join other leaders of the Reform Jewish Movement to engage in nonviolent direct action with interfaith clergy and activists as partners in the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs to Engage in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience with the Poor People’s Campaign

Published: 06/14/2018

Reform Jewish Movement Expresses Disappointment in Narrow Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling

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June 4, 2018 

WASHINGTON – Today, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court did not rule on the pressing questions underlying the case, which concern the extent to which civil rights constitute a compelling interest that would limit the application of the Free Exercise Clause for religiously motivated claims of entities that engage in public commerce to discriminate.

Reform Jewish Movement Expresses Disappointment in Narrow Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling

Published: 06/04/2018

Reform Jewish Leader Decries Missing Children, Family Separation, and Mistreatment of Minors

For Immediate Release 
May 28, 2018 

Reform Jewish Leader Decries Missing Children, Family Separation, and Mistreatment of Minors

Published: 05/28/2018

Reform Movement Opposes FIRST STEP Act, Expresses Support for Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform

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Reform Movement Opposes FIRST STEP Act, Expresses Support for Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform

Remarks by Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner at the Poor People's Campaign 40 Days of Moral Action

WASHINGTON -- On Monday, May 21, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, offered remarks at the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival rally prior to engaging in civil disobedience to demand action and awaken our nation's consciousness to the plight of poverty in America. 


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Remarks by Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner at the Poor People's Campaign 40 Days of Moral Action

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner and Reform Jewish Leaders Engage in Civil Disobedience with the Poor People’s Campaign

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May 18, 2018

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner and Reform Jewish Leaders Engage in Civil Disobedience with the Poor People’s Campaign

Reform Jewish Movement Responds to Shooting at Santa Fe, Texas High School

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May 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – In response to this morning’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, which at least eight people dead and many more injured, 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, Central Conference of American Rabbis, and wider Reform Movement:

Reform Jewish Movement Responds to Shooting at Santa Fe, Texas High School

Reform Jewish Movement Condemns Administration’s Move to Reinstitute the Domestic Gag Rule and Restrict Women’s Reproductive Choices

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May 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – In response to the anticipated proposed regulation released by the administration today that will deny organizations that provide abortions or abortion referrals from receiving federal family planning funds, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, released the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the wider Reform Movement:

Reform Jewish Movement Condemns Administration’s Move to Reinstitute the Domestic Gag Rule and Restrict Women’s Reproductive Choices

Reform Jewish Movement Denounces President's Inflammatory Comments on Immigrants

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May 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, President Trump derisively referred to certain immigrants, saying, “These aren’t people. These are animals.” In response, Barbara Weinstein, Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, released the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the wider Reform Movement:

Reform Jewish Movement Denounces President's Inflammatory Comments on Immigrants

Published: 05/17/2018