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Fresh Updates from RACBlog: Hunger

Fresh Updates from RACBlog: Hunger

Counting Towards Economic Justice
Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Sincethe second day of Passover, Jews have been participating in the ritual of counting the Omer. As we count the Omer, we look forward to the celebration of receiving the Torah at Sinai and the joyous celebrations of harvest and springtime. . In Leviticus (23:15-22), Shavuot is linked with the commandments of pei-ah (leaving crops at […]

The Sustenance of Education
Posted on Monday May 18, 2015

As Memorial Day approaches, we are also coming closer to Shavuot, or the Festival of Weeks, when we celebrate the giving of the Torah at Sinai. On Shavuot, it is customary to have sweet dairy foods, like cheesecake and blintzes, in honor of the sweetness of milk and honey, akin to the sweetness of celebrating […]

Appropriating to Meet Our Values
Posted on Monday May 11, 2015

With the budget process moving along, the appropriations process also kicks in. Budget season allows for the president and the two chambers of Congress to lay out their priorities vis-à-vis funding levels for government programs and agencies. The appropriations process is when Congress sets the amounts in real funds, and requires a lot of negotiations […]

At the Consultation: Hear From Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
Posted on Monday April 20, 2015

On April 26-28, hundreds of Reform Jews will gather in Washington, D.C. for the RAC’s Consultation on Conscience, the Reform Movement’s flagship social justice event. This year’s Consultation will feature Former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, among many other luminaries. Tune in to the live stream of Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner’s installation as Director of […]

Fresh Updates from RACBlog: Food Justice

Fresh Updates from RACBlog: Food Justice

Putting the Jew in Sustainable Food Justice
Posted on Wednesday March 18, 2015

By Becky Wasserman Sustainable food is trendy. More and more, people gloat about the heritage, organic, local tomatoes they bought from the farmer’s market and scoff at the McDonald’s burger. While it’s great that more people are starting to consider the human and environmental impacts of their consumption habits, an even bigger hurdle awaits in […]

Bo: Liberation
Posted on Wednesday January 21, 2015

By Sarah Newman This piece is crossposted from Neesh Noosh. This week, in Bo, the remaining three plagues—locusts, darkness and the death of first-born sons–-are inflicted upon the Egyptians. While Egypt was shrouded in darkness, “all Israelites enjoyed light in their dwellings” (Bo, 10: 23).  How, despite the plagues and the continuing hardening of Pharaoh’s heart, […]

Making Sure That Children Count
Posted on Tuesday November 11, 2014

Children represent an incredibly important part of the country, for they are one-quarter of the population. Beyond the numbers, children will be our next generation of workers and leaders. The share of federal funding directed towards children has declined and today amounts to under 8 percent of the overall budget. In 2013, over 14.7 million […]