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Large VOTE sign hanging on a chain link fence with an arrow pointing toward polling place

When my term as youth group president ended, I was not ready to stop my social action and community building efforts, so I decided to run for the local board of education. 

Caleb Herbst
Large group of teenagers posing with Rabbi Paul Kipnes in front of the US Capitol Building

We met with the legislative directors who we could sense knew – and they knew that the teens knew – that our teens would be voting in just a few years time.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Rabbi Julia Weisz
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

My teens lobbied their members of Congress on LGBTQ equality, comprehensive sexuality ed, climate change, the minimum wage, refugee resettlement, and gun violence prevention, each choosing an issue that was personally important to them.

Rabbi Jared H. Saks
Confirmation class, Temple Israel of Westport with RAC banner in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

I discovered a voice…I never knew existed – one that speaks up, stands up for what she believes in, and challenges others to do the same.”

Rabbi PJ Schwartz

Every year, nearly 2,000 high school-aged Reform Jewish students participate in the Religious Action Center's L'Taken Seminar in Washington, D.C.

Joy Friedman, Annabelle Hanflig, Rabbi Greg Litcofsky, and Rabbi Michael Namath

You know when you write or read a word too many times and it starts to look funny? Like – is that really how that word is spelled? Do I even remember what this word means?

Sarah Krinsky
I don’t know how tall Robert Gerofsky is, but he’s a lot bigger than I am.

Editor's note: Always good to hear about how the L'Taken Social Justice Seminars are i

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