Religious Action Center

Religious Action Center

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
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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

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rabbi Rick Jacobs announced today that Rabbi David Saperstein will return to the URJ senior staff as Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy. He will assume this new position as of April 1, 2017.

Posed group of smiling Jewish and Muslim teens

We encounter a world with increasing acts of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. If we can just learn to speak to one another, to appreciate our similarities and understand our differences, we might be able to make this world a better place.

Rabbi Paul Jacobson
Group of multiracial teens and adults standing on stage in front of a NFTY sign

NFTY's racial justice campaign is focused on helping teens learn, connect and do – to reflect, relate, and reform on matters of racial injustice, such as mass incarceration and voting rights.

NFTY
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
Sign welcoming refugees with a Canadian flag

In late 2015 and early 2016, members of the Holy Blossom Temple community in Toronto raised funds to sponsor two Syrian families.

Sara Charney
Colorful recycling bins against green grass

Our role as custodians and stewards of God’s earth is to protect and preserve the ecology and environment as best we can.

the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism