PRESS RELEASE FROM the Religious Action Center of Reform Judasim
Reform Jewish leader STRONGLY OPPOSES LATEST ATTEMPT AT A DISCRIMINATORY BAN ON ENTRY TO THE UNITED STATES
RAC Press release, March 6, 2017
In response to President Trump's new executive order and further halting the refugee resettlement program and maintaining efforts to ban or limit entry to the United States for individuals from several majority-Muslim countries, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Direction of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the wider Reform Movement:
The Trump administration has doubled down on its discriminatory and unjust refugee and immigration ban, defying the American traditions of welcome and religious liberty. This new executive order continues to target people from Muslim-majority countries for restricted entry, and also penalizes the victims of terrorism, war and violence by furthering halting the refugee resettlement program. The notion that refugees who have already waisted so long for safety and security could possibly wait any longer for resettlement is deeply misguided and ignores the dire circumstances faced by so many...
PASSOVER AND SOCIAL JUSTICE:
INTEGRATE SOCIAL JUSTICE INTO YOUR SEDER
People of all ages enjoy the holiday for many reasons - the food, the opportunity to celebrate as a family and the creative, interactive components of the Seder. Yet, delve deeper, and certain themes contained within the Exodus story and the observance of the holiday may resonate on a personal level and provide motivation to perform mitzvot. These themes, many of which have social justice implications, are indeed what make the holiday so poignant within, if not the centerpiece of, the Jewish experience.
Download "Passover: A Social Justice Guide" from RAC to learn different ways to incorporated social justice into your Seder.
Click here to discover the variety of opportunities to celebrate Passover with your Temple Family.
FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE IN NORTH AMERICA
On February 22, 2017, the Trump administration rescinded 2016 federal guidelines instructing public schools to create inclusive environments for transgender and gender non-conforming students, including ensuring access to restrooms and other facilities based on each student's gender identity. In response, the RAC is mobilizing the Reform Movement to protect transgender students. Sign this Pledge to Take Action to Protect Trans Students, and receive guidance on how to engage with your local school board to ensure the protection of transgender students in your community.
CONSULTATION IN CONSCIENCE
Join top Reform Jewish advocates, allies, donors, and organizations at the Consultation in Conscience seminar to strengthen leadership development, network and community build, and participate in dialogue with a focus on collective reflection, conversation, and action. The seminar is hosted by RAC and will take place April 30 - May 2, 2017. For more details, click here.