Religious Action Center

Religious Action Center

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.

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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
Graphic of a hand holding a lightbulb that appears to contain a mountain and windmills

There are a multitude of options to get your community involved in climate change and environmentalism. Here are just three ways to get started:

Liz Mitlak
Stone MLK statue in Washington DC

Shabbat Tzedek, observed annually the weekend before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is an opportunity for congregations and members to celebrate the achievements of movements for racial justice, and to look toward the challenges ahead.

Marissa Solomon

From now through Election Day, the Reform Movement and our allies will be vigorously defending the right to vote and access to the polls, and we’ll be doing our part to encourage and ensure high voter turnout. Join us.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner