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Summer is heating up, and so is the debate over health care reform. Yesterday, a group of nearly 30 religious leaders rolled up their sleeves, put on their sunscreen (figuratively, of course), and jumped right in. At the Faith Leader Summit on Health Care, a diverse group of denominational heads and leaders of national faith groups spent the day on the Hill identifying common ground and sharing hopes and expectations for health care reform legislation. The summit attendees met with officials in the Obama... Read More

by Marc Rosenstein(Originally published in Galilee Diary and Ten Minutes of Torah)

And they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not take up sward against nation; they shall never again know war; but every man shall sit under his grapevine or fig tree with no one to disturb him. -Micah 4:3-4

I have tried over the years to avoid pontificating on large-scale national issues, but to keep this diary...

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Devin Goldman is a participant in the RAC's Machon Kaplan summer program for college students. He is a student at Rutgers University and an intern here at the Religious Action Center.

In the past three weeks of my work and studies in Washington I have witnessed a multitude of public demonstrations and rallies held for a variety of causes such as health care reform,...

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Elizabeth Goldstein is a participant in the RAC's Machon Kaplan summer program for college students. She is a student at Hampshire College and an intern at Americans for Peace Now.

I am loving my internship and my time here on the Machon Kaplan program. I have known for quite some time that this is where I want to be, so I feel merely content, satisfied, and excited to be living out my life goals, but not ecstatic, as none of this is new to me. Last year, I spent the fall semester in southern Israel at a peace-... Read More

Julie Bressler is a participant in the RAC's Machon Kaplan summer program for college students. She is a student at Washington University in St. Louis and an intern at the National Education Association.

At our Tuesday night Machon Kaplan class, we were asked to reflect on our first few weeks in Washington. We talked about our internships, our DC explorations, and our lack of sleep. To conclude our discussion, our group leaders told us about Abraham Joshua Heschel's trip to Selma,...

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