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Six times a year, the RAC staff has the opportunity to work with incredible groups of high school students from across the country at our Bernard and Audre Rapoport L'Taken Social Justice Seminars.  A few weeks ago, at our first L'Taken of the year, one of our participants, Andrew Turell from Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, NY, delivered a remarkable speech concluding his group's visit to Representative Nita Lowey's office.  Andrew's speech did not merely tie together the five separate issues on which his peers spoke.  Andrew's...

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Rabbi Jack Bloom's provocative view of our relationship with God centers on the God of the Torah, and I respectfully suggest that we 21st century Reform Jews relate to Somebody altogether different. Taught as we are that we are made b'tzelem Elohim, in the image of God, we are more likely to look in the mirror than in the Torah to develop our picture. I find more truth than poetry in the story of the little boy huddled with his crayons over a sheet of paper, whose mother asks what he is doing. "I'm drawing a picture of God... Read More

Originally posted by "JanetheWriter" at

Yesterday during lunch, Naomi, one of my colleagues, told the following story:

Her father was a poll worker in Wisconsin on Election Day. An elderly African-American woman came in to vote. She was carrying with her a small package. The poll workers asked her what it was and she said, "I brought my ancestors with me." With that, she opened the package and took out pictures of several deceased relatives. The poll workers helped her set them up in the...

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Emily Schwartz is an intern at the Religious Action Center and a senior at The George Washington University. Children in Northern Uganda are rarely first and foremost on our minds, but this weekend more than 30,000 people all over the world will be marching to focus our attention. It is time for the fourth annual Gulu Walk, to raise money and awareness in order to promote peace in an area former U.N. Under-Secretary General of Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland called "the world's most neglected humanitarian crisis" and "one of the biggest...

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Rabbi Michael Namath is the RAC's Programming Director. Each year just after Yom Kippur, the RAC staff goes outside to build a sukkah on the front lawn. We don't have any structural engineers or carpenters on staff, and as a result, the structure always looks a little shaky. It does, however, manage to remain upright for the entire week-long holiday. There are many important social justice themes of hunger and homelessness that are present in the symbols of this holiday and the...

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