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Children at Davis Academy spelling out Rise Up

In 2009, during my first year as a rabbi, I wrote a song called “Rise Up.”  I wrote it as a celebration of the teachings of the Biblical Prophet Amos, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Theodor Herzl. At the time I had no idea that the phrase, “Rise Up” would soon become the official motto of the Atlanta Falcons, my new hometown football team.

In 2013, The Alfred & Adele Davis Academy, where I have served the first decade of my rabbinate as The Director of Jewish and Hebrew Studies, helped me to professionally produce the song which we released on our 1st album of original music...

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On January 25, President Trump signed executive orders that insufficiently address the American immigration system. The orders called for the construction of a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, an increase in both border patrol forces and immigration enforcement officers and a decrease in federal funding to sanctuary cities. In a...

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signs held in front of Supreme Court saying "Keep abortion legal"

On January 23, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order reinstating the global gag rule, formally known as the Mexico City Policy. This policy was established by the Reagan Administration in 1984 and blocks all U.S. foreign aid to international family planning agencies that provide abortions or even mention abortion as an option for clients seeking health care.

As presidents have taken office, the global gag rule...

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row of short candles with flames

This post originally appeared at Reform Judaism.org.

January 27, 2005 marked the 60th anniversary of the Red Army’s liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland.

On that same day, the U.N. declared International Holocaust Remembrance Day to reaffirm the truth that “one third of the Jewish people along with countless members of other minorities” were murdered by the Nazi regime. The resolution condemned all “manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement...

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Tell your Senators: Oppose Jeff Sessions' Nomination

On February 1, 2017, join Reform Jews from across the United States who are calling their senators and urging them to oppose the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. This day of action comes at a crucial time, as the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Senator Sessions’ nomination on February 1 and the full Senate vote, the last hurdle, will come soon after.

It is essential that senators hear from their Reform Jewish constituents about the threat Senator Sessions’...

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