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About the Program: Eisendrath Legislative Assistants

About the Religious Action Center  

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (“the RAC”) is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, representing 1.5 million Reform Jews and 2,000 Reform rabbis in over 900 congregations throughout North America. The RAC engages with congregational professional and lay leaders, youth, adults and decision-makers and coalition partners, thereby strengthening the Reform Jewish community, improving communities by building relationships across lines of race, class and faith and preserving and advancing laws and policies in order to transform the world through the prism of tikkun olam so that all people experience a world of compassion, justice and wholeness. 

The RAC represents the Reform Jewish Movement to the Congress and to the Administration; develops extensive legislative and programmatic social action materials for the Reform Movement; organizes congregations and congregational leaders across lines of race, class and faith; and trains nearly 2,000 Jewish adults, youth, rabbinic and lay leaders each year in social justice work. The RAC works under the auspices of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism (CSA), the social justice leadership body of the Reform Movement.  

About the Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Fellowship 

Being an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant (LA) at the RAC means getting involved and playing a pivotal role in our work: legislative advocacy, programs, communications, organizing and supporting the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. The salary for 2017-2018 is $32,000. The program dates for 2017-2017 are 8/22/2017 - 8/10/2018.

Legislative Advocacy:The LAs have primary responsibility for monitoring legislation; for representing the Reform Movement on Capitol Hill and in coalitions; and for ensuring that the voice of the Movement's more than 900 congregations, 2,000 rabbis and 1.5 million Reform Jews is heard. LAs each take on different policy portfolios, based in resolutions adopted by the CSA, the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, bringing a Reform Jewish voice to the crucial social justice issues of the day. As the lead staff member on their policy issues, most of what the Religious Action Center writes begins with an LAs draft; most of what we do on an issue, an LA will suggest. 

Programs: Some 2,000 people participate in RAC-led conferences each year, which the LAs help plan, program and coordinate. Many LAs have found their opportunity to serve as the faculty for the L'Taken Teen Social Justice seminars — social action seminars for high school students — to be a highlight of their time at the RAC. 

Communications: LAs help guide our website, action alerts, blogs, social media, or other communications, helping disseminate our message and materials across the country to congregational leaders, to decision makers, and to Reform Jews.

Organizing: LAs have an opportunity to work with the organizing team to enhance our legislative advocacy and work with congregations to bring social justice closer to the center of their work. Building transformative relationships across lines of race, class and faith are core not only to policy achievements, but also to bringing about a world where all people experience justice, compassion and wholeness.

The Commission on Social Action:The LAs prepare materials for the Commission's meetings, frequently work with its members and task forces, and advocate on its behalf on the Hill and in coalitions. Interactions with members of the Commission are a central element of our work, and are another highlight of the experience for many LAs. 

More Information  
​Contact Assistant Legislative Director, Sarah Greenberg at 202-387-2800.