Religious Action Center

Religious Action Center

Hands of people of different races holding up a globe

Learn how a new initiative, the Brit Olam, serves as a guidepost and a framework, helping congregations move social justice closer to the center of their communities.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Closeup of a stop sign riddled with bullets

Thoughts, prayer, and words are appropriate – but they’re not sufficient. Our words need to be followed by long overdue actions and hard work.

Daryl Messinger
Side by side images of Rabbi Jonah Pesner and Reverend William Barber speaking from podiums at past advocacy events

Since the Charlottesville violence, there has been a reckoning and much public reflection about race in America. The result: The sense that business as usual cannot continue.

Rabbi Jonah Pesner & Reverend William Barber
Lighted faces of teenagers holding candles in the dark

It is in these moments of darkness that Jewish tradition compels us to be brave, to seek the light. We are, as we read in Zechariah 9:12, asirei hatikvah, prisoners of hope.  

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Clergy from diferent faiths standing together on an urban street

Learn about the social justice programming that recently earned 17 congregations coveted Fain Awards from the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism.

Liz Mitlak
The word EQUALITY spelled out in wooden Scrabbble tiles sitting atop a rainbow printed surface

Understanding is only half the battle. Progress is achieved on a continual basis, and to create truly inclusive spaces for LGBTQ people, organizations must do more than understand the issues.

Max Antman
Side view of empty synagogue pews zoomed in on wooden carving of Star of David design at the ends of the pews

On Thursday, May 4, President Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty, which included a provision related to the “Johnson Amendment.” What does this mean for synagogues?

Barbara Weinstein
Male hand holding a white megaphone against a chalkboard

As a community of faith, it is incumbent upon us not only to express this outrage but to present and advocate for life-saving solutions to the problem of gun violence. Aiding the passage of Initiative 594, we did exactly that.

Rabbi Aaron Meyer

Reform Jewish Congregations are being urged to protect undocumented immigrants facing deportation. The Union for Reform Judaism’s North American Board of Trustees took this historic step in response to the growing concern about an increase in deportation activity by federal authorities and Congress’s failure to comprehensively address immigration reform. This resolution responds to the urgent need of undocumented immigrants living in fear of deportation. The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) have historically stood with immigrants and refugees, and this resolution provides guidance and support for congregations doing this vital work today. 

President Trump on stage at the AIPAC Policy Conference with his face shown on large screens about the podium

When we disagree with this Administration, as we have with presidents from both parties over many decades, we do so as clearly and powerfully as we can.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner