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As the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival—a campaign to raise up the enduring and intersecting web of issues that sustain deep inequality in American society— continues into this Pride Month, we are reminded of the importance of highlighting the way in which poverty uniquely affects already marginalized communities.

Specifically, we know that LGBTQ Americans experience poverty at a higher rate than non-LGBTQ Americans. According to the Center for American Progress, “LGBTQ adults are 1.6 times more likely to report food insecurity in the past year than non-...

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This week's parashah, Korach, reminds us of the importance of continuing to hold leaders accountable for full inclusion, regardless of setback or success. Specifically, we read about an uprising between the Israelites and Moses.

In Numbers 16:8-9 we read, “Moses said further to Korah, ‘Hear me, sons of Levi. Is it not enough for you that the God of Israel has set you apart from the community of Israel and given you direct access, to perform the duties of the Eternal’s Tabernacle and to minister to the community and serve them?’” In other words, Moses tells the Israelites they...

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Opponents of school voucher programs recently learned of a new scheme that will hurt military-connected families around the country. Introduced as the Military Education Savings Account Act of 2018 (S. 2517/H.R 5199), the bill would create education savings accounts (ESAs), which would essentially establish a voucher program for military families. These ESAs would funnel money set aside for Impact Aid away from public schools and toward subsidizing the cost of private educations, including religious schools.

Impact Aid is a program that helps fund school districts that lose local...

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Late January featured "National School Choice Week," during which proponents of school vouchers worked to promote the visibility of voucher programs around the country. The Trump administration marked the week with great fanfare, including a proclamation from the president.  

Those who advocate for voucher programs, however, obfuscate the real danger they pose for core constitutional principles and important protections in place for students.  

School vouchers divert public funds to programs that subsidize the cost of private educations for families around the country. Most...

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This post is adapted from a sermon given at Temple B'nai Shalom in Fairfax Station, Virginia on January 12, 2018. Watch the full sermon. 

On Erev Rosh Hashanah at Temple B'nai Shalom, Rabbi Amy Perlin spoke of the centrality of memory to her rabbinate and to this community. She said to the congregation:

“Memories are how we explain who we are today, in light of who we were once upon a time.” 

So many of my sweetest Jewish memories come from this place, and from this community.

I remember shul-ins and Purim carnivals, right behind those folding walls. I...

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