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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
Statue of Liberty against a blue sky

We must gather together. We cannot turn aside our attention. We need to stand up and shine our collective light. Politically, we have a six-month timeline that starts now. 

Rabbi Shoshanah Conover & Rabbi Seth Limmer
challah on a cutting board, candles and wine, all on a table covered by a white lace tablecloth

Even as Shabbat is a day of rest, it also has the power to agitate, and thus is a call to action, a call for us to respond to the injustices we see in our world.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Anat Hoffman surrounded by other women at the Kotel (Western Wall)

Learn what led Anat Hoffman to a career as a Jewish activist, and what keeps her there as executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center. 

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Protesters holding signs that read ONE WORLD ONE FAMILY and REFUGEES WELCOME NO ONE IS ILLEGAL

False perceptions of refugees mask the reality: Refugees want to start a new life in a place where they feel safe. Most of them want the same things out of life that we want: to be safe, healthy, and happy.

Lee Wilson


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