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What is the Religious Action Center?

The RAC is short for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.  It works in conjunction with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the Commission on Social Action (CSA) and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).  The RAC functions as the Union’s social justice advocacy branch operating in Washington, DC.

For more than 40 years the RAC has made its presence known to the legislators on Capitol Hill with tireless dedication for achieving Jewish social justice.  It is also leading the way on educating and mobilizing Reform Jews nation wide for social justice.

The RAC works on a very broad array of social justice concerns, approaching them with a Jewish standpoint on the issues.  Some of the issues that the RAC focuses on are a woman’s right to choose, abolishing the death penalty, establish peace in Israel,  expanding and protecting the rights of Gays and Lesbians, securing international religious freedom, fighting against the vouchers program, reforming environmental policy, and fighting AIDS.

To put it simply, the RAC is an advocacy group that speaks out for social justice, social action and, for basic human rights.

RAC Blog

Jewish Disability Awareness Month Shmita

Mar 2, 2015 12:00 AM

Lighting Our Lamps With Oil

Feb 27, 2015 12:00 AM

Reflecting on a Meaningful Jewish Disability Advocacy Day

Feb 27, 2015 12:00 AM

As Snow Covers the Northeast, Keeping Those Experiencing Homelessness In Mind

Feb 26, 2015 12:00 AM

As JDAM Comes to a Close, Focusing on Israel

Feb 26, 2015 12:00 AM

Balancing Minority Identities

Feb 26, 2015 12:00 AM

Education, Action, and Advocacy at NFTY Convention 2015!

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM

On Purim, Exploring the Intersections of Reproductive Justice and Criminal Justice

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM

For Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals, Gender Expression isn’t a Purim Costume

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM

Purim as a Call to Action to End Economic Inequality

Feb 24, 2015 12:00 AM

Coming Soon to the U.S. Congress: Israeli PM Speech

Feb 24, 2015 12:00 AM

Selma, 50 Years Later: What Can You Do to Mark this Occasion?

Feb 24, 2015 12:00 AM

Social Justice at the Oscars

Feb 23, 2015 12:00 AM

Despite Some Bumps in the Road, Open Enrollment Numbers show that Health Care Reform is Working

Feb 23, 2015 12:00 AM

L’Taken Students: Our Support for Israel as Americans, Reform Jews and as Teens

Feb 23, 2015 12:00 AM

Momentum Builds Toward National Policies for Worker Justice

Feb 20, 2015 12:00 AM

This Passover: A Season of Justice for the Environment

Feb 20, 2015 12:00 AM

Finding Hope for International Religious Freedom Amidst More Acts of Violence

Feb 19, 2015 12:00 AM

Moments of Shared Celebration

Feb 19, 2015 12:00 AM

Moving Toward a Culture of Inclusion

Feb 19, 2015 12:00 AM

The Status of the States: LGBT Equality Across the US in 2014

Feb 19, 2015 12:00 AM

Celebrate Purim with the Green Adar Challenge: Eco-Mishloach Manot!

Feb 19, 2015 12:00 AM

Rolling Back Progress on Immigration Reform

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM

Unmasking the Use of the Death Penalty

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM

What’s Happening in Alabama, and What it Means for the Bigger Picture of Marriage Equality

Feb 17, 2015 12:00 AM

Anti-Semitic Copenhagen Attacks Deplorable

Feb 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Fulfilling the Promise of the ADA: 5 Things Congregations Can Do

Feb 13, 2015 12:00 AM

Remembering the Chapel Hill Shooting

Feb 13, 2015 12:00 AM

Lifting Children Out Of Poverty

Feb 13, 2015 12:00 AM

Faith Groups Agree: It’s Time for Action on Climate Change

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM

The Moral Call to Pass the Healthy Families Act

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM

We Must Preserve Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM

Teaching Teens the Tools for Safe and Healthy Relationships

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM

L’Taken Teens Inspire Us to Fight for Voting Rights for All

Feb 11, 2015 12:00 AM

Encouraged by the President’s Budget – But What’s Next?

Feb 11, 2015 12:00 AM

Double Booked Through the Lens of JDAM: The High Price of Autism

Feb 11, 2015 12:00 AM

As Open Enrollment Closes, the Future of the Federal Marketplace is Uncertain

Feb 10, 2015 12:00 AM

Protecting the Rights of Students with Disabilities in Schools

Feb 10, 2015 12:00 AM

L’Taken Participants Lobby for Campaign Finance Reform

Feb 9, 2015 12:00 AM

Homelessness in the Trans Youth Community: What Do We Know? What Can We Do?

Feb 9, 2015 12:00 AM

The Movie PUMP and Making Meaningful Change on Climate

Feb 9, 2015 12:00 AM

Saving the Places We Love

Feb 6, 2015 12:00 AM

Why Civil Rights Are Everyone’s Problem — And What You Can Do

Feb 6, 2015 12:00 AM

The Fight for Religious Freedom Continues On: Wise Words from the National Prayer Breakfast

Feb 6, 2015 12:00 AM

Addressing Bullying and Harassment in Schools is an LGBT Issue

Feb 5, 2015 12:00 AM

Congress Tries to Pass Some Unwelcoming Legislation

Feb 5, 2015 12:00 AM

Gender Diversity in Jewish Tradition

Feb 5, 2015 12:00 AM

Removing the Stumbling Block of Economic Inequality

Feb 4, 2015 12:00 AM

Beyond Candy Hearts: Reflecting on Healthy Relationships This Valentine’s Day

Feb 4, 2015 12:00 AM

Briefing: Understanding How People of Faith Perceive Climate Change

Feb 4, 2015 12:00 AM

For Women in the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, A Chance for Justice

Feb 3, 2015 12:00 AM

Concerning Act of Anti-Semitism at UC Davis

Feb 3, 2015 12:00 AM

Striving for a Self-Determined Quality of Jewish Life for Jews with Disabilities

Feb 2, 2015 12:00 AM

Georgia Teens Tell Their Members of Congress to Raise The Wage

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM

Combatting Bisexuality Erasure

Jan 30, 2015 12:00 AM

Rabbi Jonah Pesner on the Rachel Maddow Show

Jan 30, 2015 12:00 AM

The Indignity of Wage Discrimination

Jan 30, 2015 12:00 AM

The Minimum Wage We Ought To Have

Jan 29, 2015 12:00 AM

Seven Weeks ‘Till (Israeli) Elections!

Jan 29, 2015 12:00 AM

UN General Assembly Meets for the First Time to Discuss Anti-Semitism

Jan 29, 2015 12:00 AM

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM

The Harm that Vouchers Cause

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM

Green Shevat Challenge: Learn to Cook and Celebrate Tu BiSh’vat!

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM

Especially in Flu Season, Paid Sick Days are Critical for Working Families

Jan 27, 2015 12:00 AM

Rachel Laser: We Must Fight Discrimination Against Sikhs

Jan 27, 2015 12:00 AM

House of Representatives Passes Severe Anti-Abortion Bill to “Celebrate” Roe v. Wade Anniversary

Jan 27, 2015 12:00 AM

Happy New Year to the Trees!

Jan 26, 2015 12:00 AM

Doing Well by Doing Good

Jan 26, 2015 12:00 AM

The Movie Selma: Where is Heschel?

Jan 23, 2015 12:00 AM

Inspired and Empowered: Jewish Social Justice, MLK Legacy and NFTY Southern

Jan 23, 2015 12:00 AM

Stand With East Ramapo

Jan 23, 2015 12:00 AM

Keeping up with the Iran Negotiations

Jan 22, 2015 12:00 AM

Reform Jewish Movement Marks Roe v. Wade Anniversary; Condemns Dangerous House Bill

Jan 22, 2015 12:00 AM

Remembering that Slavery is Not Just an Injustice of the Past

Jan 22, 2015 12:00 AM

From #SOTU2015 to the Budget

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM

The States of Medicaid Expansion

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM

Bo: Liberation

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM

Why I’m on the ARZA Slate

Jan 20, 2015 12:00 AM

Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Key Religious Freedom Protections

Jan 20, 2015 12:00 AM

RAC Submits Public Comments to President’s Policing Task Force

Jan 20, 2015 12:00 AM

High School Student Lobbies Against Torture at L’Taken

Jan 20, 2015 12:00 AM

#SOTU Preview

Jan 16, 2015 12:00 AM

Give the Gift of Life this MLK Weekend

Jan 16, 2015 12:00 AM

Momentum Builds in Support of Paid Leave with Leadership from the President

Jan 16, 2015 12:00 AM

In Mourning for France, Reminded of the Importance of Religious Freedom

Jan 16, 2015 12:00 AM

A Connection Between Selma and the Jews

Jan 15, 2015 12:00 AM

On the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Raising Our Voices for Reproductive Justice

Jan 15, 2015 12:00 AM

No Time Like a New Congress to Raise the Wage

Jan 15, 2015 12:00 AM

The Immigration Theater

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM

Urge Congress to Take Action for the Environment!

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM

An Unhappy Anniversary for Money in Politics

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Updates on the Death Penalty

Jan 13, 2015 12:00 AM

Join Us in Washington for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day

Jan 13, 2015 12:00 AM

Praying With Our Feet For Economic Justice

Jan 13, 2015 12:00 AM

Why This MLK Day Is Different from All Other MLK Days

Jan 9, 2015 12:00 AM

Climate Impacts: Protecting Vulnerable Communities

Jan 9, 2015 12:00 AM

Looking Back to Move Forward: What We Can Learn from 2014 on Economic Justice

Jan 8, 2015 12:00 AM

Greetings from the New RAC Director

Jan 8, 2015 12:00 AM

Moving Closer to Health Care for All

Jan 8, 2015 12:00 AM

The RAC Welcomes New Director Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Jan 8, 2015 12:00 AM
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