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The following post is the text of a speech that was presented on Monday in the offices of Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Richard Pryor and Congressman Vic Snyder by Zach Goldberg, a member of Congregation B'nai Israel in Little Rock, Ark., who attended the RAC's Bernard and Audre Rapoport L'Taken Social Justice Seminar last weekend. 

Iran's nuclear development is an urgent and pressing issue that requires immediate action on both a national and global scale. Iran is enriching military grade uranium at an alarming rate, and experts estimate that an...

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Clean, safe drinking water is something that many of us take for granted, but for far too many people around the world and even here in North America, it's a frighteningly scarce resource. Over one billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and thousands of children in the developing world die each day from water and sanitation-related diseases including diarrhea, cholera and typhoid. That's why governments, NGOs, and people of faith here in North America and around the globe are stepping up and taking action to ensure that...

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Rabbi Stanley M. Davids is the Immediate Past President of ARZA. This post first appeared at

Resa and I returned home to Jerusalem on January 25th. We plunged immediately into what has become a month long period of programs, meetings, encounters and conference calls.  We aren't complaining. It's just that the days aren't long enough.

First up was Resa's challenge to organize a national meeting of the 15 chapters of...

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Leaders of the Reform Jewish Movement today sent a letter to Congress and the Administration in advance of President Obama's bipartisan summit on health insurance reform. The letter urged the adoption of a strong, comprehensive health insurance reform bill and comes at a critical time in consideration of reform. It was signed by leaders of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the Commission on Social Action, Women of Reform Judaism, Men of Reform Judaism, the...

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Sometimes, believing in gender equality and working toward it means celebrating victories. There were victories in achieving women's suffrage with the 19th Amendment, passing women's rights legislation such as the Equal Pay Act of 1963, affirming a woman's dominion over her own body in the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade, and more recently, in last year's Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. But more often than not, being an advocate for women's rights means being surrounded by reminders of the work yet to be done, of remaining inequalities and injustices. A "one-stop-shop" for...

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