Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner represents the Reform Movement to Congress and the administration as the director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. He also serves as the senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism. Named one of the most influential rabbis in America, he has been an inspirational leader, creative entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for social justice.
Now is the time for Reform Jews across the U.S. to use our voices and our votes to promote our values and ensure strong leadership at every level of government.
Editor's note: The text that follows was presented before a live audience at the 2019 URJ Biennial.
Only a few short years after the founding of the United States of America, George Washington expressed in an exchange of letters with the Hebrew Congregation
Reform Jews and our institutions must start participating in the dialogue around what a just reparations system looks like and calling on our elected officials to do the same.
Yesterday, a notorious far-right pundit, attacked me on Twitter for my support for reproductive rights, implying that supporting an individual’s right to make moral decisions about their own health care is antithetical to Jewish values.