RAC-CA

The California Religious Action Center (RAC-CA) brings together the Reform Jewish congregations and communities of California to organize powerfully across lines of race, class, and faith.

Current Legislative Campaign

Campaign for a People First Budget

In the face of the public health crisis and economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Reform Jews across California are meeting with 40 state legislators and the Governor’s staff to call for a state budget that puts people first. Investing in all Californians is the best way to grow our capacity to recover from this crisis.

Upcoming Events

RAC-CA Prop 15 Forum

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18 Tishri 5781 to 19 Tishri 5781
On October 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. PT, RAC-CA is hosting a Jewish conversation about Proposition 15, a ballot measure on funding for California schools and local services. During the Forum

What's New

RAC-CA Civic Engagement Campaign 2020

RAC-CA is working as part of Every Voice, Every Vote: The Reform Movement's 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign to strengthen democracy by expanding the electorate, both inside and outside our congregations, and by educating Reform Jews about key ballot measures.

Read about our 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign

Read our 2020 California Ballot Measure Positions

RAC-CA 2020 Legislative Victories

RAC-CA changed its 2020 legislative agenda in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Thirty-nine meetings with state legislators plus two with the Governor’s staff led to the release of vulnerable prisoners and new revenue in the state budget, though not as much as we were seeking.

RAC-CA 2020 Legislative Advocacy Campaign Results

Call on Gov. Newsom to Reduce Prison Populations During COVID-19

RAC-CA Campaign for a People First Budget

RAC-CA 2020 Legislative Agenda

The health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus call us to respond together from our Jewish values and tradition to support Californians who are suffering – both inside and outside our Reform congregations and communities. Events are moving quickly and we must act together. Our 2020 agenda may change as the political situation changes. 

Legislative Agenda

The health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus call us to respond together from our Jewish values and tradition to support Californians who are suffering – both inside and outside our Reform congregations and communities. Events are moving quickly, and we must act together. Our 2020 agenda may change as the political situation changes.

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RAC-CA Victories

In 2019, RAC-CA set gun violence prevention and housing as our two top issues. With help from Reform communities across the state, RAC-CA helped triple funding for local gun violence prevention programs in California communities most affected by gun violence. We also backed a package of housing and homeless bills that will help build new affordable housing, protect tenants, and remove barriers for housing production.

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Past Events

RAC-CA Lobby Day 2019

On Tuesday, August 20 in Sacramento, RAC-CA held its most important event of the year to urge our legislators to make the Golden State reflect our Jewish values of justice, compassion, and wholeness. Participants learned how to lobby and meet with their elected officials.

Contact and support our team

  • For Southern California: Lee Winkelman, California Organizing Director
  • For Northern California: Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller, Northern California Senior Organizer
  • Join our group in the Tent.
  • You can support this critical organizing work in California online or by contacting David Harris.

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Governance of RAC-CA

RAC-CA seeks to build our collective power to create the California of our dreams. Our structure includes professional staff, a statewide leadership team, issue research groups, and congregational social justice teams.

Learn more about RAC-CA's governance structure

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Issue Research Teams

RAC-CA has six issue research teams covering climate change, criminal justice, immigration, health care, housing, and gun violence prevention. Comprised of lay leaders and clergy, these teams research bills and ballot measures to help set our legislative agenda and mobilize congregational social justice teams.

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Brit Olam

The Brit Olam, covenant with our world, is the primary way Reform Jewish communities are working together to make change. Communities who join the Brit Olam choose from two types of networked social justice work—RAC state projects or issue-based cohorts—to ensure that we, as a movement, are leveraging our collective knowledge, skill, and relationships to make lasting impact on the issues we care about, grounded deeply in the text and tradition that bind us together. Learn more about the Brit Olam and how your community can get involved.

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