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Tree as seen from below

In college, being outdoors and celebrating the natural world was an important part of my spirituality, so I sought out hints that other Jews felt the same way.

Rabbi Daniel Swartz
Two individuals holding a large banner sign that reads REFUGEES WELCOME

Saturday marked a year since this ban was introduced, the first in a series of three discriminatory travel bans targeting the rights of people from Muslim-majority countries to enter the U.S.

Elizabeth Leff
Teen lobbyists from Temple Shaaray Tefila in front of the U.S. Capitol

Despite yesterday’s government shutdown, this group of teens figured out a way to deliver their impassioned lobbying speeches.

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher
Lines of Jewish marchers on their way to the US Capitol

DREAMers built this movement, we are honored to support it, and we are inspired by those immigrant activists who speak out for their right to stay in the only home they have known. 

Liz Cohen
Headstone of Ethen Cortell

After my mother died, I wondered if she’d ever visited her mother’s grave. Then again, my grandmother’s death was not routine.

Amy J. Yoffie
Rev Barber at the podium at the 2017 URJ Biennial

This address was presented before the 74th Union for Reform Judaism Biennial convention on Wednesday, December 6.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
View of U.S. Capitol dome and sky as seen from below

A key principle of American Jewish politics since 1948 has been that support for Israel should be bipartisan. Today, that bipartisan support for Israel may be ending.

Jonathan Sarna
Woman with hands over her face as if distraught

The onslaught of stories exposing powerful men committing acts of sexual violence against women is a sad reminder that we often are not safe in our own bodies.

Susannah R. Cohen
Protest signs welcoming immigrants

The certainty of tomorrow is a privilege I may never fully appreciate. For 11 million undocumented people in the United States, it remains anything but certain.

Elizabeth Leff
Bullhorn with soft, colorful bubbles coming out of it

The worst sin of all is failing to speak up. When we say nothing, we are saying everything wrong. Worse yet, when we say nothing, we are saying everything wrong is right.

Cantor Jacqueline L. Marx

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