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Lincoln Memorial against black background

Although American Jews widely admired both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln was the first president to have extensive social contact with Jews in the U.S.

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.
Black and white knots intertwined against a black and white background as if to represent racial unity

In a disturbing new report finds that the number of murders committed by white supremacists in the United States more than doubled in 2017 compared to 2016.

 
 
Noah Fitzgerel & Matt Fidel
MLK statue in Washington DC against a blue sky

This year, let us use MLK Day to focus on the civil rights movement happening in the United States today.

Erika Davis & Rebecca Katz
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
Black and white photo of a bare jail cell that contains only a thin mattress/bed

This week, Shabbat Tzedek gives us an opportunity to renew our commitment to the ongoing struggle to ensure civil rights and racial equality for all.

Rabbis Lindsey and Michael Danziger
Bright red stop sign against a bright blue sky with clouds

The Forward's "Rabbis Riundtable" series asked 25 rabbis of all denominations to answer this difficult question. Here's how the Reform rabbis on the list respoded.

Kate Bigam
Computer keyboard; the return key is red and says hate speech on it

Members of our community were shocked recently to receive campaign postcards that included photos of two candidates with red “Deport” stamps below their faces.

Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg
Police in riot gear outside Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis, MO

After a not guilty verdict in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith, ReformJudaism.org spoke to Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis, MO.

Joy Friedman and Jacob Kraus
Side view of the Washington Monument at twilight

I want to slam society against the wall and shout at the top of my lungs, “This is not right! This is not just! This is not the world that we are commanded to create"

Rabbi Joel N. Abraham
Outside view of Congregation Beth Israel building in Charlottesville, VA

When I learned there had been 400 men chanting “Jews will not replace us” on the University of Virginia grounds, my first thought was for Congregation Beth Israel.

Dahlia Lithwick

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