social justice

social justice

Three teenage boys wearing URJ 6 Points Sports Academy shirts

On February 14, 2018, everything changed: That’s the day 17 people were killed in the shooting at my school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, FL.

Jason Halpern
Woman holding a handwritten sign that says We Are All Made in the Image of God

We;ve renewed and relaunched the Brit Olam with multiple entry points for communities to advance justice at the local, state, provincial, and federal levels, and to ground this work in Jewish text and tradition.

Cara Fisher
Rainbow pride flag with Jewish star in the middle

As tzitzit remind us to fulfill God’s commandments, they also must prompt us to display signs of welcome and love, demonstrating people can be themselves in our space.

Caroline Dorn
Four individuals holding a sign that says PROTECT SAFE LEGAL ABORTION

Yesterday, a notorious far-right pundit, attacked me on Twitter for my support for reproductive rights, implying that supporting an individual’s right to make moral decisions about their own health care is antithetical to Jewish values.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
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
    Group of smiling teens standing in front of the US Capitol building

    Here are three recent social justice successes we're celebrating - including the way Reform Jews across the United States contributed to them.

    Sofi Hersher
    Orange sign held into the air reading DO NOT STAND IDLY BY

    Is your congregation or community ready to organize around addressing gun violence? Here's how.

    Logan Zinman & Sammi Goldsmith
    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