Every Voice, Every Vote

The Reform Movement's 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign

As Reform Jews, we believe democracy is strongest when everyone participates – and it suffers when citizens are shut out from the democratic process or choose not to engage. 

The Reform Jewish Movement’s 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign encourages all U.S. citizens to exercise their right to vote and to break down obstacles that shut some out of the voting booth.

Sign-up to participate and gain access to our civic engagement toolkits

What is this campaign?  

Every Voice, Every Vote is the Reform Jewish Movement’s 2020 civic engagement campaign, a nonpartisan effort to strengthen our democracy by encouraging everyone to participate in the U.S. election and ensuring that Reform Jewish values are represented in the public square.

What does the campaign entail?

This campaign has three areas of focus:

  1. Mobilizing our voters: With outreach in our congregations and communities, our goal is 100 percent voter participation. Learn more.
     
  2. Combating voter suppression: We’re working in coalition to achieve universal voter access and encourage universal participation. Learn more.
     
  3. Engaging student voters: We’re working with youth leaders to significantly increase the number of young voters. Learn more.

Who is this campaign for?

We know our impact is strongest when we all act together. If you believe that civic engagement is important for the Jewish community, we want you with us!

This campaign aims to mobilize the entire Reform Jewish Movement, including, congregations, NFTY regions, WRJ sisterhoods, camp communities, and students. It also includes opportunities for individuals to participate, independent of organized communities.

How can I get involved?

  1. Sign up to participate: Use this sign-up form to join the campaign, commit to taking action, access our voter engagement toolkits, tools, and more.
       
  2. Attend our Action Night: Register for Every Voice, Every Vote: Every Week, a weekly Action Night every Wednesday evening. Each week will include a brief introduction to the campaign, learn how to use voter engagement tool, and will then engage in that work together.
  3. Get involved in your state project: Make change in your own community by joining us locally in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
    • RAC-PA:
      • Please register in advance for our upcoming phone banks with OnePA. The first 30 minutes of every phone bank will be a training refresher. Please register for each date that you plan to join a phone bank. Check back regularly as we add more dates leading up to the election!
  4. High school and college students can make the most impact in their communities:
    • Attend weekly office hours to ask questions about our civic engagement work and share ideas with other student activists.
    • Vote 5781: A High Holiday Program for Teens
      • This digital, highly interactive program specifically designed for the High Holidays helps connect Reform Jewish teens to the importance of voting. Through exploring the history of voting rights in the U.S. and our responsibility as Jews, participants will recognize why voting matters and learn about ways to get involved in the RAC’s 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign: Every Voice, Every Vote. The program is designed to allow congregations to run a program for their teens as part of, or in anticipation of, their High Holiday offerings. To access the program, please fill out this form and the PDF will be automatically emailed to you.
    • Participate in the Social Justice Academy Civic Engagement Units
        
  5. Consider becoming an election day poll worker. With less than 80 days between now and November 3rd, the country is facing a shortage of poll workers, which could lead to closed polling places and long delays come election day. Consider becoming an election day poll worker to help ensure elections are accessible, fair and efficient. In making your decision, remember that pikuach nefeshpikuach nefeshפִּקּוּחַ נֶפֶשׁThe concept that saving a life overrides all other biblical commandments. , saving human life, is Judaism’s highest mitzvah. Especially in the midst of a pandemic, we encourage you to care for your health and safety first by heeding the advice of experts when making decisions about in-person activity. Whether you choose to be a poll worker or mobilize remotely to get out the vote on Election Day, join Every Voice, Every Vote to take action to strengthen our democracy between now and November.
       
  6. Join the conversation: If you’re already a member of a Reform community, join the conversation The Tent, the communications and collaboration platform for Reform Jewish leaders. Be sure to use #CivicEngagement in your posts.
      
  7. Learn more: Read RAC Director Rabbi Jonah Pesner's announcent of Every Voice, Every Vote at the URJ Biennial in December 2019.
       
  8. Support the RAC: Give generously to sustain the work of the civic engagement campaign.

And finally: Tell us about your work! We want to celebrate your community’s efforts and make sure they’re counted as part of the campaign, so let us know about your civic engagement work.

Mobilize Our Voters

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Vote Here Sign

Compelled by Jewish history and values, we take citizenship and the right to vote seriously. With outreach in our congregations and communities, our goal is 100 percent voter participation.

Combat Voter Suppression

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People lining up to vote

For more than a century, we’ve worked with partners to ensure equal voting access. This year, we’re working in coalition to achieve universal voter access and encourage universal participation. 

Engage Student Voters

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young person voting

As part of our dedication to ensuring under-represented groups have a voice in the voting process, we’re working with youth leaders to significantly increase the number of young voters.