Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

For 50 years, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (“the RAC”) has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in Washington, D.C. As the DC office of the Union for Reform Judaism, the RAC educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, Israel and more. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the RAC’s advocacy work is completely non-partisan and pursues public policies that reflect the Jewish values of social justice that form the core of our mandate.The RAC’s work is mandated by the Union for Reform Judaism, whose 900+ congregations across North America include 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), whose membership includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis. Representatives of these two organizations, as well as the Union’s affiliates, comprise the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, which governs the RAC’s policy positions.As the social justice arm of the Union and the CCAR, the RAC receives approximately 1/3 of its annual operating budget from the Union, 1/3 from program fees, and 1/3 from contributions from individuals and foundations.


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Central Conference of American Rabbis Resolution: Climate Change (2005)
CLIMATE CHANGE Excerpt: Adopted by the 116th Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis Houston, TX March, 2005 Background ...The following Jewish and secular moral principles serve as the foundation for the Conference's position on the development of agreements and policies to address climate ...

URJ Resolution: Energy (1991)
NEW NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY STRATEGY Excerpt: Adopted at the 61st General Assembly November, 1991 Baltimore, MD BACKGROUND "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof" reminds us that we are only stewards of nature, obliged to cherish and preserve it. Jewish tradition is emphatic that ...

URJ Resolution: Environment (1991)
THE ENVIRONMENT Excerpt: Adopted at the 61st General Assembly November, 1991 Baltimore, MD BACKGROUND The Jewish community's mandate to cultivate, protect, and nurture the environment is deeply rooted in our tradition. The commandment "Bal Taschit" enjoins "Do not destroy things from which ...

URJ Resolution: Climate Change and Energy (2009)
Climate Change and Energy Exceprt: Submitted by the Commission on Social Action to the Union for Reform Judaism’s 70th General Assembly ...For more than forty years the Reform Movement has advocated in defense of our environment and all those species — from the smallest creatures to humankind ...

Guardians of the Earth
Summary: This Rosh Hashanah sermon was presented by Rabbi Rabbi Mark Kaiserman of Temple Emanu-El of West Essex, Livingston, New Jersey. Learn more at http://rac.org/Articles/index.cfm?id=2215&pge_prg_id=12704&pge_id=2403.

Reform Jewish Movement and the Environment
Reform Jewish Movement and the Environment Exceprt: As heirs to a tradition of stewardship that goes back to Genesis and teaches us to be partners in the ongoing work of Creation, we cannot accept the escalating destruction of our environment and its effect on human health ...

Travel Justly
Travel Justly Excerpt: The work of tikkun olam does not just happen at home. When we travel, we can help build a more just, more sustainable world, rather than make travel choices that tread heavily on our environment and our fellow human beings. As we work to green our Movement and continue to champion the rights of all our neighbors, ...

Green Table, Just Table Program Bank
Sample Programs: A Life-Long Commitment to Food Justice: Beth Haverim Shir Shalom (Mahwah, NJ) Counting the Omer: Main ...