Advocacy

Advocacy

Elias Rosenfeld standing at a podium addressing the URJ Biennial

Editor's note: The text that follows was presented before a live audience at the 2019 URJ Biennial on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Elias Rosenfeld
People with their arms around one another from the back wearing kippot

We are living in an urgent time. Reform Jewish communities are pursuing justice through the Brit Olam at the local, state/provincial, and federal levels to bring about a world in which all people experience wholeness, justice, and compassion.

Cara Fisher
  Photo by Andre Chungfor The Washington Post of TaNehisi Coates who wrote The Case for Reparations

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.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Woman holding a handwritten sign that says We Are All Made in the Image of God

We;ve renewed and relaunched the Brit Olam with multiple entry points for communities to advance justice at the local, state, provincial, and federal levels, and to ground this work in Jewish text and tradition.

Cara Fisher
Rainbow pride flag with Jewish star in the middle

As tzitzit remind us to fulfill God’s commandments, they also must prompt us to display signs of welcome and love, demonstrating people can be themselves in our space.

Caroline Dorn
Four individuals holding a sign that says PROTECT SAFE LEGAL ABORTION

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.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Orange sign held into the air reading DO NOT STAND IDLY BY

Is your congregation or community ready to organize around addressing gun violence? Here's how.

Logan Zinman & Sammi Goldsmith
Four somber teen girls holding handmade gun violence prevention signs

We are proud of the progress we have made, and we continue to lead the fight to end gun violence in every community – and, ultimately, to create a safer future for the generations that come after us.

Jess Becker and Zoe Terner
Israeli and American flags blended into one image

Join us in late March, just two weeks before the Israeli general elections, for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Students from Congregation Kol Tikvah outside U.S. Capitol during L'taken weekend

Days before the first anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings we lobbied on Capitol Hill for the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.

Zoey Fox-Snider and Casey Sherman