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Reform CA and PICO full group gathering on Prop 57

This year we will be focusing on a slate of 11 bills before the California Legislature centered around five vulnerable populations: immigrants and refugees; victims of hate and bias (including religious minorities and LGBTQ people); those in danger of losing health care and facing diminished reproductive rights; communities of color (especially in relationship to the criminal justice system); and all of us who are vulnerable around environmental justice and climate change. As Brit Olam Congregations (Covenant for the World We Want), you can work on the whole slate or focus on whichever of...

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No Hate

Last month, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published its annual “Year in Hate and Extremism.” While the contents of this report are never pleasant and are often very challenging, this year’s report struck a particularly frightening chord. In the report, Mark Potok, Senior Fellow at SPLC and the author of the report called 2016 “a banner year for hate.”

According to the report,...

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Budget

Over the past few weeks, the weekly parsha, Torah portion, has covered the building of the mishkan, the tabernacle. Parashat T’rumah begins this series of parshiot and details God’s instructions for how the Israelites are to build the sanctuary so that God “may dwell among them.” One of the primary goals of the construction is for the Israelites to connect to God through communal building of holy space.

Debates over the federal government’s budget are in full swing, with President Trump’s...

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Since the start of the 115th Congress and the presidential inauguration, we have seen messages coming from the White House, the legislative branch and the Supreme Court that give a mixed impression of the future of criminal justice reform. These range from executive orders that could set the stage for tough on crime policies to continued calls for...

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On January 31, 2017, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. His confirmation hearing has been set to begin on March 20, 2017.

In response to this nomination, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the RAC, shared these concerns: “While the confirmation proceedings are an important opportunity to evaluate the nominee's fitness for the high office to which they have been nominated, we are greatly...

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