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Editor's note: The text that follows was presented before a live audience at the 2019 Union for Reform Judaism Biennial.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
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I knew I wanted to serve the Reform Jewish community in a professional capacity – but despite encouragement from Reform mentors, I knew the rabbinate wasn’t the right place for me to do so.

Debra Perlin
Wooden gavel placed atop law books on a desk

I’m an attorney who a year ago knew nothing about immigration law. I’m still far from an expert, and I speak only English. But that hasn’t stopped me from volunteering on immigrant justice cases, hoping with intakes and other interviews using my “legal framed” mind. 

Mark Buchbinder
White flag with purple ribbon on it representing domestic violence awareness

Congress failed to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act in April. While the law itself remains intact, reauthorization has served as an essential mechanism for advocates to revise and improve the law as we learn more about how to address domestic violence.

Katie Wysong
Group of people sitting at a table inside a sukkah

Congregations from coast to coast welcomed immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees to be guests in their sukkot and to share their stories. Here are a few reports from congregations that held these moving events.

Arno Rosenfeld
Jonah Bookman poses with his state senator

I chose to spend the last day of summer before seventh grade participating in the 2019 Sacramento Lobby Day with the Cali

Jonah Bookman
Two young women holding signs protesting gun violence

I will not mince words: the violence we witnessed this weekend is sickening. Join me in ensuring the period of “thoughts and prayers” without action is over – that instead, we prioritize real, lasting change to keep our communities safe. 

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Rabbi Rick Jacobs stands in front of immigration justice signs at the recent event in El Paso Texas

My faith requires me with every fiber of my being, to oppose the inhumane conditions in which infants, children and their parents are being caged.” 

Arno Rosenfeld
Individuals dressed in rainbow clothing and holding Jewish signs at a Pride rally

Much progress has been made since the Stonewall uprising in June 1969, but the fight for LGBTQ equality, protection, and inclusion continues in our communities.

Jacob Greenblatt


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