Barbara Weinstein

Associate Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Barbara Weinstein is the Religious Action Center's Associate Director, where she helps guide the RAC’s broad range of social justice work. She is also the Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, a joint body of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union for Reform Judaism and its affiliates. The Commission seeks to apply the insights of Jewish tradition to domestic and foreign public policy issues including civil rights, economic justice, immigration, the environment, and more.

Before joining the RAC in 2002, Barbara worked in the U.S. House of Representatives. While on Capitol Hill, Barbara's public policy portfolio included women's rights, human rights, and the environment.

Barbara holds a M.A. in Political Management from The George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal. 

Latest by Barbara Weinstein

Combatting Antisemitism Together

Barbara Weinstein
The rising incidences of antisemitism in the United States, Canada, and around the world are deeply concerning. Since the Hamas terror attack on Israel on October 7th, the ADL has found antisemitic incidents have risen nearly 400% from the same time last year. The URJ has been on the forefront of fighting Jew-hatred for years, and today it remains among our top priorities.

A Season of Reflection – And Action

Barbara Weinstein
As we enter the Days of Awe, we engage in reflection and introspection. We confess our sins. We ask forgiveness of those we have wronged. And we pray that when the Book of Life is closed, we are inscribed for a good year.

Every Voice, Every Vote and Reproductive Rights Update

Barbara Weinstein
On Tuesday evening, we launched the Reform Movement's Every Voice, Every Vote campaign, our nonpartisan initiative to strengthen democracy by encouraging and protecting voter participation. As if this effort was not urgent enough already, the leaked draft Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization made clear that every issue of importance to our Movement is on the ballot this year, including abortion rights.