social justice

social justice

Rabbi Jonah Pesner speaking from a podium

On Thursday, Reverend Hurmon Hamilton and Rabbi Jonah Pesner led a conversation in the Whitney Humanities Center about how people of faith can come together to advocate for justice.

Khue Tran (Yale Daily News)
Activists marching in a rally and holding a Religious Action Center banner

From policy victories, to activating our base, to driving the narrative around Jewish values in the public square, here is a sample of the RAC’s impact in a few of our priority areas.

Arno Rosenfeld
Rabbi Jonah Pesner standing at a podium addressing the URJ Biennial with two other speakers on each side of him

Editor's note: The text that follows was presented before a live audience at the 2019 URJ Biennial.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Hands touching a small globe

Grounded in Jewish values, the Fain Awards are presented to congregations who advocate for and organize around pressing social justice issues, protect vulnerable populations, and engage across lines of difference. We hope that the work of this year's recipients inspires others to move into deeper action.

Sophie Raim
URJ Biennial podium empty on stage

The resolution does not define what form reparations ought to take. Instead, just like congressional legislation calling for a committee to study and develop proposals for reparations, which the resolution endorses, we consider it our moral duty to “seek an end to ignorance.” 

Elias Rosenfeld standing at a podium addressing the URJ Biennial

Editor's note: The text that follows was presented before a live audience at the 2019 URJ Biennial on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Elias Rosenfeld
People taking a smiling selfie in front of a Biennial backdrop

With the 2019 URJ Biennial in our rear-view mirror, we’re now focused on how we can move this work forward and into our everyday lives. Ready to act? Here's how.

Mark J. Pelavin
People with their arms around one another from the back wearing kippot

We are living in an urgent time. Reform Jewish communities are pursuing justice through the Brit Olam at the local, state/provincial, and federal levels to bring about a world in which all people experience wholeness, justice, and compassion.

Cara Fisher
  Photo by Andre Chungfor The Washington Post of TaNehisi Coates who wrote The Case for Reparations

Reform Jews and our institutions must start participating in the dialogue around what a just reparations system looks like and calling on our elected officials to do the same.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Temple Beth El members and friends participating in a gay pride parade

Belin Award-winning Temple Beth-El in San Antonio, TX, applied the idea of breath and soul (nefesh) to monthly learning opportunities around social justice themes.

Chris Harrison