By Courtney Cooperman, RAC-LA, 6/11/2021
Last week, our friends at the Reform Jewish Community of Canada issued a statement of solidarity with the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in light of the discovery of a mass grave of 215 children on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. As we mourn this indescribable loss, we also acknowledge that the injustices inflicted upon Indigenous people are not limited to historic abuses. We must work together to address the issues facing Indigenous communities today, in the United States and Canada alike.
Many of our Indigenous neighbors, contacts,... Read More
By Shoshana Dweck, VP of Advocacy, Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford Corners, NY, 6/04/2021
On April 8th, I had the chance to hear Sue Bird, one of the WNBA’s great sports activists on equality, LGBTQ rights, and pay equity, remind us that “Being an ally is so important. The voices are louder. Women in sport have always been quick to lend that voice.”
I would prefer to center my oldest son’s voice in any discussion of transgender people as simply and truly existing in this world and having the right to do so. But Sue Bird reminded me that there are more allies than there are people who are gender nonconforming, and it is our responsibility to raise our voices and amplify theirs.... Read More
By Karen Goldberg & Judy Wexler, WRJ 2021 Resolutions Committee Co-Chairs, 2/12/2021
WRJ has been at the forefront of social justice advocacy work in the Reform Movement for more than 100 years. In that vein, the 2021 WRJ Resolutions Committee is excited to propose two new Resolutions to WRJ. Here is everything you need to know about this year’s WRJ resolutions.
What are WRJ Resolutions?
Resolutions are statements of WRJ’s concerns, views, and values.
Resolutions are the way we create WRJ policy enabling us to take public policy positions on issues of urgency and relevance and support activities around these issues.
How are WRJ Resolutions created?... Read More
By Arlene Pressman, Temple Shalom in Newton, MA, 1/22/2021
Today, January 22, is the 48th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. For nearly half a century, Roe has afforded countless Americans moral agency and bodily autonomy. Today, the future of reproductive rights is under threat, a result of hundreds of federal and state restrictions and court decisions that have chipped away at Roe.
Even in my home state of Massachusetts, a state often lauded as an example in the struggle for reproductive rights, there have been significant restrictions on abortion rights since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
The... Read More
By Ally Karpel, 10/22/2020
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For nearly three decades, the Reform Movement has honored this month as an important time to raise awareness about the pervasive nature of domestic violence (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV), provide resources to those currently experiencing abuse, and discuss the moral imperative to work to eradicate domestic violence from our communities.
Between a global pandemic, nationwide cries for justice against police brutality, and an election season like no other, it’s not surprising that Domestic Violence Awareness Month has barely made... Read More