Dear Friends, Today is #GratitudeWednesday. Ok. Maybe I just made that up. But what else should I call the day that comes after #GivingTuesday? There is so much to be grateful for. When our friends at the 92nd Street Y invited the RAC to partner with them on #GivingTuesday, we had little idea about what we were getting ourselves into. Nonetheless, we jumped in feet first. And I am so glad that we did. For all of us at the RAC, this #GivingTuesday was so much more than a simple fundraising effort. It provided an opportunity to good and to encourage others to do the same. Our efforts and many successes this #GivingTuesday are the result of several collaborations:
- First, to everyone who made a financial contribution to the RAC on #GivingTuesday, thank you! Your support is vital to the success of our advocacy work, coalitional efforts, online resources and educational programs.
- #GivingTuesday is a digital campaign. Thank you to the countless friends and fans of the RAC who shared our Facebook statuses, retweeted our messages and watched and forwarded the video. The ripple effect has been outstanding.
- To Kait Sheridan and Rabbi Dan, our friends at the 92nd Street Y – thank you for joining me and my team at the Religious Action Center for the meeting we hosted to inform and involve the interfaith community and for the participation in the webinar that allowed us to expand our reach. Over 60 organizations and congregations participated in our in-person and online efforts, and countless others visited our resource center to listen to the webinar recording and download our tool-kit.
- Pumping up the level of excitement among the RAC staff, our own conference planner Daniel Landesberg directed and produced this entertaining staff video about #GivingTuesday. Thanks Daniel! And thank you RAC staff! Go team!
- To our friends at eJewish Philanthropy, thank you for publishing my article titled “#GivingTuesday: Advancing a Global Movement for Giving Back.” You provided another platform to share our message about #GivingTuesday.
- Thank you to our interfaith partners Rabbi Dan, Lutheran Services of America, Triyana Dharmachakra, Buddhist Global Relief, Texas Muslim Women's Foundation, the UN Foundation and Joshua DuBois who kicked off #GivingTuesday with an interfaith Twitter chat.
- Last but not least, the communications team at the RAC was indispensable throughout this effort. Thank you Sean Thibault, Sam Sanders, Max Rosenblum, Lisa Paquette and Sarah Greenberg for your teamwork – brainstorming ideas, providing advice, and sharing your technical expertise in the flurry of emails, blogs and social media postings.
October 5, 2020
Election Day is fast approaching, but our work is not done yet. There’s still time to make a difference and ensure every voice is heard and every vote is counted this election.
September 24, 2020
Deuteronomy 16:20 directs us: “Tzedek tzedek tirdof” – Justice, justice shall you pursue. The words remind us of the importance of ensuring justice itself is achieved through just means.
August 10, 2020
Due to the ongoing risks posed by COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person L’Taken Social Justice Seminars for the 2020-2021 season.