Barbara Weinstein

Barbara Weinstein

Inside Leadership
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 in general – and for our synagogues?

This federal prohibition on partisan politicking from the pulpit has been in place since 1954, located in section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code. It establishes that tax-exempt entities may not endorse or oppose candidates or parties for elected office. This includes donating to campaigns, endorsements from the pulpit, or using congregational resources such as the temple...

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Marchers with banner for Women's March

In Jewish tradition, prayer begins when a minyan is assembled. This gathering of at least ten people creates an instant community and provides a sense of solidarity and strength that sustains in times of trial and in times of joy.

This past Shabbat, a super-minyan of more than 1000 Reform Jews came together in a Washington, DC hotel ballroom near the National Mall for Nosh, Pray, March: The Reform Movement Gathers for Women’s Rights. This instant community was united in its determination to protect women’s reproductive rights, pay equity, racial justice, immigration, LGBT equality...

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I will establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants after you, for all their generations, an everlasting covenant: to be God to you and to your descendants after you.

Genesis 17:7

In this week’s parashah, Lech L’cha, God establishes the covenant with Abraham, one of the most fundamental moments in Jewish tradition. God promises Abraham he will “be the father of a multitude of peoples” (Genesis 17:4) and though they will experience being strangers in a strange land (Egypt), Abraham’s descendants will be liberated (15:13-15). In exchange, and as a symbol of...

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Saturday, June 25 marks the third anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case Shelby County v. Holder. With a 5-4 vote, the Court struck down a crucial component of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, opening the door for states and localities with a history of restrictive voting practices to change their election laws, without first seeking preclearance from the federal government.

The Shelby decision has had a direct impact on the ability of Americans across the country to exercise their democratic rights. In the immediate aftermath of the ruling, North Carolina passed an...

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The wildfires raging in Ft. McMurray, Alberta, have caused devastation throughout the community. More than 80,000 people have been evacuated and families have lost their homes. Many evacuees are now in Edmonton, Alberta, where shelters, food banks, and other community institutions are doing their best to support them.

JTA reports, "Jewish groups in Canada’s Alberta province have joined the efforts to support victims of the wildfires that have been raging in the area for a week and forced the evacuation of an entire city."

Donations are being accepted by the Jewish...

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