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Yesterday, Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center, sent letters to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple to express deep concern for the ongoing treatment of and danger to protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation, and to urge both to work with law enforcement and other officials and to ensure that safety and rights are upheld.

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In search of a unique gift for the social justice junkie in your life? Look no further than our Social Justice Hanukkah Gift Guide, with eight suggestions full of tzedek – one for each night!

Give the Gift of Movement Building

Know someone who wants to grow as a Jewish social justice leader? Gift registration to the...

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Today, Rabbi Jonah Pesner sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to take swift action to protect those who have applied or participated in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to not face deportation for simply seeking access. DACA was created in 2012 by executive order to allow the more than 700,000 DREAMers -- undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children -- access to a work visa. DACA did not create a pathway to citizenship nor legal immigration status, which only Congress can do, but it did allow many people to be able to work and...

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Stop Hate

Each November, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) releases its annual report on hate crime statistics, called the Hate Crime Statistics Report. The report is rarely uplifting, but this year, the 25th year of the report, the results are especially frightening, and include new categories. For the first time, data was collected on anti-Sikh, anti-Hindu, anti-Arab, anti-Mormon and anti-Eastern Orthodox crimes, as well as crimes against other religious denominations.

Two things are decidedly...

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Voting rights signs at Capitol

Across the country, it is difficult not to notice that we are swiftly approaching another general election. Political ads are appearing more frequently on our televisions and news feeds, the presidential debates are over and Election Day is just around the corner.

The importance of electing our leaders was stated clearly and simply over 2000 years ago by Rabbi Yitzhak. who taught that “A ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is first consulted” (Babylonian Talmud Berachot 55a). As we approach this election, we wonder: Who is included in the “community” that is the...

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