social action

social action

Group of smiling Jewish and Muslim children together at Camp Nefesh

Congregation B’nai Israel in Sacramento, CA, created Camp Nefesh, a full-service day camp for newly arrived refugees. To learn more about this 2019 Belin Award-winning initiative, we spoke with Lucy Beckett, the teenager who dreamt up the concept, as well as Denise Crevin, the congregation’s director of education, and Sharon Rogoff of Women of B’nai Israel.

Chris Harrison
Past Fain Award winners posing in front of a Religious Action Center banner with their award

We invite you to submit a project for the 2019 Fain Awards. Learn more and apply now.

    the Religious Action Center
    Rabbi Jonah Pesner at the 2019 Consultation on Conscience

    Our Brit Olam helps us protect the vulnerable, ally across differences, be close to people shaped by systemic oppression, and dialogue respectfully among divergent views.

    Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
    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
    Al Vorspan, z"l

    Rabbi David Saperstein, director emeritus of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, delivered this eulogy at Al Vorspan's funeral on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

    Rabbi David Saperstein
    Al Vorspan, z"l

    Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, delivered this eulogy at Al Vorspan's funeral on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

    Rabbi Eric Yoffie
    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
    The author and her students creating the sea turtle poster

    After my daughter took a sea turtle rescue and conservation tour last summer, she came home with one takeaway: “Mom, the plastic straws have got to go!”

    Carolyn Hoera
    Rabbi Jonah Pesner speaking at a dais at the Consultation of Conscience

    I'm excited to build on the connections I made with other CSA members and share what I've learned with other WRJ members and members of my own congregation.

    Karen Goldberg
    Three individuals as part of a larger group marching in some sort of event and carrying a sign that reads DO JUSTICE LOVE MERCY MARCH PROUDLY

    Through our work with congregations pursuing justice across North America, we have identified several principles that can help you strengthen social justice work in your congregation.

    Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner & Amy Asin