View of empty sanctuary pews from pulpit with Bible on it

The Johnson Amendment, a national law restricting political activity in churches, synagogues, and other non-profit organizations, is making news as some preachers are using the pulpit to instruct their faithful how to vote. These clergy see the Johnson Amendment as a muzzle. They believe freedom of religion and freedom of speech mean the freedom to take worship time to express partisan political views.

Rabbi Dennis S. Ross
Group of people holding various handmade signs welcoming and supporting refugees

The concept of “sanctuary” congregations has many definitions and applications. In the 1980s, Reform Movement congregations provided sanctuary primarily to central Americans at risk of deportation.

the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Senator Jeff Sessions looking off camera

On February 1, 2017, join Reform Jews from across the United States who are calling their senators and urging them to oppose the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

Jacob Kraus

In the early 1980s, I was a camper in the UAHC (now URJ) Camp Swig Hevrah unit. In addition to the usual fun camp activities, this particular unit at camp focused on social justice. Our theme that summer was Soviet Jewry, and during our three weeks we learned the ins and outs of the issues, heard stories about Soviet Jews, and explored what we could do to make a difference. During the last few days of the session, we traveled to San Francisco to march in solidarity with Soviet Jews, equipped with “Save Soviet Jewry” banners and t-shirts, ready to perform, sing, and make our voices heard.

Michelle Shapiro Abraham
Phases of the moon

There is no more joyous time than the winter holiday season, but this year, the combined Hanukkah/Christmas calendar also marks the end of one of the most difficult years in our nation in recent memory. We are floating in uncharted waters as we enter 2017.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs

On February 2, please join me in advocating with and for people with disabilities and the programs that benefit them.

Nathan Bennett
Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner at the podium

Our tradition’s ageless and enduring call of Torah to rodeph tzedek – pursue justice – continues to inspire today’s Reform Movement. As members of the largest and most diverse Jewish denomination in North America – which includes liberals and conservatives, Democrats, Republicans and independents alike – we have a responsibility, individually and collectively, to reject hate and help heal our nation following the deeply polarizing 2016 election.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

Voting is part of our sacred duty as citizens in a democracy. We can’t afford to squander the right that so many risked their lives to win. Vote on or before November 8.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

This evening we launch Nitzavim: Standing Up for Voter Protection and Participation, the Reform Movement’s nonpartisan election year voting rights initiative. Here's how you can participate, tonight and beyond.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner