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,...Read More
After over 80 rabbis joined together to fast for Sudan on June 18th, they agreed that they wanted to do more to keep the international, and their local, community focused on the humanitarian situation in Darfur.
Together they decided to do a rolling fast, with rabbis and cantors invited each to pick one day between now and Rosh Hashanah to do a one day water-only fast and to alert their communities and elected officials to the ongoing suffering in Darfur. A fast sign-up, resources to write...Read More
Last week the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission issued its 259-page report on the disturbing prevalence of sexual abuse in our nation's prisons. The Commission, established under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (which was drafted with the help of the RAC and which Rabbi Saperstein testified in favor of) called for a number of standards to be put...Read More
Sorry folks, this is not a post about a great new summer movie!
Many people have heard of the military-industrial complex which President Eisenhower warned against. In reality, this nexus includes Congress, where Representatives and Senators whose districts include military contractors and suppliers staff the relevant committees and work to protect these interests.
These relationships are well-known and understood, though rarely critically examined. Over time, military suppliers such as Lockheed Martin have become adept at dividing their production throughout many districts...Read More
In Israel's general elections in February, Avigdor Lieberman and his ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party won 15 Knesset seats, eventually becoming the second party in the government coalition with Lieberman as Foreign Minister.
Their electoral campaign featured disturbing demagoguery and egregious racism, including slogans such as "No loyalty, no citizenship" and "Only Lieberman understands Arabic."
For the most part, American Jewish leaders refrained from speaking out against Lieberman. Nathan Guttman in the Forward...Read More