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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

Ferguson is a Jewish Issue

Aug 28, 2014 12:00 AM

A Shabbat for U.S. All

Aug 28, 2014 12:00 AM

New Gun Violence Prevention Law in MA: How We Helped Make it Happen

Aug 27, 2014 12:00 AM

Helping the Poor One Relationship at a Time

Aug 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Working Families Matter, #WEmatter

Aug 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Religion in Israel: Democracy and Pluralism Must go Hand in Hand

Aug 25, 2014 12:00 AM

This Week at the RAC: New LA Class, ROR Victory, Statement on Events in Ferguson

Aug 22, 2014 12:00 AM

Toxic Testing in the Class Room

Aug 22, 2014 12:00 AM

Take Action to Support Transparency in the Criminal Justice System!

Aug 22, 2014 12:00 AM

Concern for Religious Minorities Around the World

Aug 21, 2014 12:00 AM

A Yom Kippur Bone Marrow Donation Story

Aug 21, 2014 12:00 AM

Urgent Need for Justice and Peaceful Resolution of Unrest in Ferguson

Aug 20, 2014 12:00 AM

Let’s Move into a Healthier America  

Aug 20, 2014 12:00 AM

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Class of Eisendrath Legislative Assistants

Aug 19, 2014 12:00 AM

Rabbis Organizing Rabbis: A Victory for Immigrant Justice

Aug 19, 2014 12:00 AM

The “Right” Action to Take in Aiding the Homeless

Aug 19, 2014 12:00 AM

Leonard “Leibel” Fein: Judaism’s Liberal Lion

Aug 15, 2014 12:00 AM

Beyond the Fight for Marriage Equality

Aug 14, 2014 12:00 AM

An Open Letter from the 2013-2014 Eisendrath Legislative Assistants

Aug 8, 2014 12:00 AM

Reform Jewish Leader Urges Areas of Study on Keystone XL Pipeline

Aug 8, 2014 12:00 AM

A Response to the Cries of anti-Semitism in France

Aug 6, 2014 12:00 AM

Let’s Make Background Checks on Guns Universal

Aug 6, 2014 12:00 AM

Religious Freedom Around the World Today

Aug 5, 2014 12:00 AM

Responding to the Immigration Crisis on the U.S. Southern Border

Aug 5, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Continuing the Fight to Support our Working Families

Aug 4, 2014 12:00 AM

Protecting the Right To Vote

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Opening a New Book: Lessons from Parashat D’varim

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Support a Strong Climate Agreement

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Rabbi David Saperstein Nominated to Key State Department Post

Jul 31, 2014 12:00 AM

Testimony in Support of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Jul 31, 2014 12:00 AM

40 Years of Fighting to End Workplace Discrimination

Jul 31, 2014 12:00 AM

Protecting Domestic Violence Victims from Guns

Jul 30, 2014 12:00 AM

The Power of Education

Jul 30, 2014 12:00 AM

I’m Moving

Jul 29, 2014 12:00 AM

Choosing Life over the Death Penalty  

Jul 29, 2014 12:00 AM

Ensuring Access to Abortion in America

Jul 28, 2014 12:00 AM

Updates for Community Social Action

Jul 25, 2014 12:00 AM

Update on Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Jul 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Ratifying the Disabilities Treaty: Bringing the Shameful Wall of Exclusion Down

Jul 23, 2014 12:00 AM

An Update on “Stop the Sirens”

Jul 22, 2014 12:00 AM

The Moral Imperative of Non-Discrimination

Jul 21, 2014 12:00 AM

Immigration: A Jewish Perspective

Jul 21, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Inspired by White House summit, Rabbi Sernovitz calls for change

Jul 21, 2014 12:00 AM

Reform Jewish Leader Praises Administration’s Plan to Bar LGBT Discrimination in Federal Contracts

Jul 20, 2014 12:00 AM

Sexual Violence on College Campuses

Jul 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

Jul 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Senate Filibuster of Hobby Lobby Fix Bill Shows Continuing Disregard for Women’s Health

Jul 17, 2014 12:00 AM

A Gun Violence Prevention Update

Jul 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Change

Jul 17, 2014 12:00 AM

The Power of One

Jul 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Debating ENDA

Jul 17, 2014 12:00 AM

On a Day of Fasting, Remembering What We Share

Jul 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Low Wages Just Aren’t Ok

Jul 15, 2014 12:00 AM

Note from Israel: A Rabbi Reflects on a Difficult Week

Jul 11, 2014 12:00 AM

URJ Crane Lake Camp Acts on Climate

Jul 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Champions of Change: Re-Entry and Employment

Jul 10, 2014 12:00 AM

Equal Pay Is Essential for Everyone

Jul 10, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Relegating the “Mad Men” Era Workplace to TV

Jul 10, 2014 12:00 AM

Can We Make “Juvenile Justice” More Just?

Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Pride Everywhere

Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Denominations Unite To Stop Smoking

Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: The Four-Tenths of 1% Solution

Jul 8, 2014 12:00 AM

Updates: Since the Hobby Lobby Decision

Jul 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Moving Forward on Immigration

Jul 3, 2014 12:00 AM

Honoring our Legacy by Continuing the Work

Jul 3, 2014 12:00 AM

When Money Equals Influence, Influence Equals Power

Jul 3, 2014 12:00 AM

50 Years of Progress Still Measured by Daily Events

Jul 3, 2014 12:00 AM

A Heavy Heart

Jul 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Fifty Years Later: A Reflection from Rabbi Marc Saperstein

Jul 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Crying Out Against Homelessness

Jul 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Help the Needy, Increase the Minimum Wage

Jul 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Fifty Years Later: Rabbi Richard Hirsch Reflects on the Civil Rights Movement

Jul 2, 2014 12:00 AM

The Third Mother

Jul 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: The Sermon of the Summit: Pursuing Sh’lom Bayit (Family Wholeness)

Jul 1, 2014 12:00 AM

A Reminder for Engagement

Jul 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Updated: Reform Movement Decries Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Decision

Jul 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Reform Jewish Movement Mourns the Deaths of Murdered Israeli Teens

Jun 30, 2014 12:00 AM

Torture: Moral Issue, American Issue, Jewish Issue

Jun 30, 2014 12:00 AM

What Next?: The Role of Faith in Gun Violence Prevention

Jun 30, 2014 12:00 AM

The Nuclear Problem in Iran

Jun 30, 2014 12:00 AM

The High Court Strikes Down MA Buffer Zone in McCullen v. Coakley

Jun 27, 2014 12:00 AM

Honoring 50 years of the Civil Rights Act

Jun 27, 2014 12:00 AM

Peres Visit to Washington

Jun 27, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Reflections on the Summit

Jun 27, 2014 12:00 AM

Marking a Year Since the Senate Passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Jun 27, 2014 12:00 AM

Patent Office Rules on NFL Case

Jun 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Equal Value, Equal Participation

Jun 26, 2014 12:00 AM

International Climate Policy: The Upcoming UN Climate Summit

Jun 26, 2014 12:00 AM

One Year Since Windsor, One Year of Victories

Jun 26, 2014 12:00 AM

The Beginning of an End to Mass Incarceration

Jun 25, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Single Parenting – A Double Blessing

Jun 25, 2014 12:00 AM

One Year Later: Protecting Voting Rights After Shelby v. Holder

Jun 25, 2014 12:00 AM

#ActOnClimate: One Year of the Climate Action Plan

Jun 25, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: A Day to Remember  

Jun 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Medicare and Jewish Law

Jun 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Presbyterian Church (USA) Divestment FAQs

Jun 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Summer Camp Season is the Best Time to Talk about Malaria Prevention

Jun 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Women Taking a Stand

Jun 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Fifth Birthday and Beyond

Jun 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Working Families Liveblog: Double Booked at the White House Summit

Jun 23, 2014 12:00 AM
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