Rabbi Michael Namath

Rabbi Michael Namath

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Young woman holding a sign that reads Voting counts because every voice should matter

Six months ago, when the Reform Movement launched our Civic Engagement Campaign, run by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, we set ambitious goals to empower and engage 100,000 people in the democratic process.

In NFTY regions, camp communities, college campuses, and congregations across the U.S., we registered and turned out voters, built meaningful relationships with candidates, worked to ensure that underrepresented communities had the resources to vote, and advocated for state ballot initiatives that aligned with our deeply held Jewish values.

As I looked...

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L'Taken participants celebrating Havdalah at the Lincoln Memorial

One of my favorite parts of each L’Taken Social Justice weekend is greeting each congregation in front of the Capitol Building after the students have finished their Senate meetings and are on their way over to the House. These meetings occur on Mondays, after we have worked all weekend to prepare these amazing teens for this exact moment, and the energy and impact are palpable. Rabbi Michael Latz from Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis, MN, said it best: “Watching these students study, prepare their lobbying statements, and sit in the offices of their representatives and senators and...

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