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Circle of hands linked together in inclusion and solidarity

On February 2, hundreds of Jewish advocates gathered at the seventh annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD),  co-sponsored by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Jewish Federations of North America, and dozens of other partners across the country. JDAD offered a unique opportunity for all Jews to unite around this issue, which affects communities across the denominational spectrum. It also helped kick off Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), an annual community-wide initiative that seeks to raise awareness and support for including people with...

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U.S. Capitol

No matter which candidate you voted for, today is a momentous day. It marks the beginning of a new period in our shared history.

It also is a challenging day. Many Reform Jews feel emotionally exhausted following what was a particularly ugly campaign. Throughout, we witnessed exclusionary and sometimes violent rhetoric, as well as xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and anti-Muslim bigotry, all of which remain, leaving painful marks on our communities.

We are concerned about our future, especially as it relates to the issues we hold most dear – and to the most vulnerable in our...

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Globe with a Band-aid across the United States

The deeply polarizing 2016 election elevated rifts in our social fabric, underscored the pain of those who feel excluded from our evolving economy and culture, and emphasized a persistent distrust and scapegoating of “the other.” Throughout the campaign, we heard violent, exclusionary, and racist rhetoric in ways not seen in mainstream politics in a generation. We witnessed thinly veiled allusions to centuries-old anti-Semitic propaganda, hate crimes against Muslims, and deplorable actions and threats against marginalized populations.

Our tradition’s ageless and enduring call of...

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Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner at the podium

The deeply polarizing 2016 election elevated rifts in our social fabric, underscored the pain of those who feel excluded from our evolving economy and culture, and emphasized a persistent distrust and scapegoating of “the other.” Throughout the campaign, we heard violent, exclusionary, and racist rhetoric in ways not seen in mainstream politics in a generation. We witnessed thinly veiled allusions to centuries-old anti-Semitic propaganda, hate crimes against Muslims, and deplorable actions and threats against marginalized populations.

Our tradition’s ageless and enduring call of...

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Throughout the history of the Reform Jewish Movement, we have joined across lines of difference, building coalitions across race, class and faith, in the pursuit of justice for everyone. We lift up all people: Jews and non-Jews, people of all races and religions, of all sexual orientations and the immigrants among us.

This election once again brought anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, and misogyny to the foreground of American politics and, it is up to us to push them out of the mainstream of our civic life.

Campaign speeches and ads included anti-Semitic allusions and...

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