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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

Give the Gift of Tzedek: Our Hanukkah Social Justice Gift Guide 5775

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM

After the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: What’s Next?

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Health Care Roundup: the Supreme Court, Open Enrollment, and a New Lawsuit

Nov 25, 2014 12:00 AM

Including Native Americans in a More Jewish, More Just Thanksgiving

Nov 25, 2014 12:00 AM

Reform Movement Clergy Join Interfaith Letter Asking for Voter Protection

Nov 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Money in Politics a Stumbling Block For Women and Minority Candidates

Nov 24, 2014 12:00 AM

My Family’s Immigration Story: Something to be Thankful For

Nov 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Turkey and Interfaith Talk

Nov 21, 2014 12:00 AM

In Advance of the Ferguson Grand Jury, What Have We Learned?

Nov 21, 2014 12:00 AM

Reform Jewish Movement Applauds New Protections for Undocumented Immigrants

Nov 21, 2014 12:00 AM

I-VAWA? WE-VAWA: We All Must Do Our Part to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Nov 20, 2014 12:00 AM

As We Celebrate Thanksgiving, Let’s Not Forget the Least Among Us

Nov 20, 2014 12:00 AM

Today We Remember: Commemorating Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Nov 20, 2014 12:00 AM

Joining the Olim Fellows for a Social Justice Weekend in Georgia

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM

Religious Freedom Reports Show the Work Left To Be Done

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM

House Subcommittee Hearing on Religious Accommodations in the Military, Today!

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM

U.S. Pledge to Green Climate Fund Important Step toward Curbing Climate Change

Nov 18, 2014 12:00 AM

There’s More to Gun Violence than Mental Illness

Nov 18, 2014 12:00 AM

At the U.N. Convention Against Torture, Hints of Positive Change in Eradicating Torture

Nov 18, 2014 12:00 AM

The Reform Movement Condemns Brutal Attack at Jerusalem Synagogue

Nov 18, 2014 12:00 AM

More News in the Fight against ISIS

Nov 18, 2014 12:00 AM

New Report is a Call to Action to End Child Homelessness

Nov 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Introducing the 2014-2015 RAC/UN Foundation Malaria Fellows

Nov 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Getting Covered: Resources for the Start of Open Enrollment Tomorrow

Nov 14, 2014 12:00 AM

How LGBT Inclusion in Sports can Inform our Jewish Inclusion Work

Nov 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Securing a High Quality Public Education System for America’s Children

Nov 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Waters of the U.S.: Reform Movement Comments on New EPA Rule

Nov 13, 2014 12:00 AM

Seeking: Benchwarmers for the Federal Courts

Nov 13, 2014 12:00 AM

Beyond the ADA: Learning about the Continuous Fight for Disability Rights

Nov 13, 2014 12:00 AM

What’s New with the Iran Talks?

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM

U.S-China Climate Agreement a Positive Step

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM

We Need To Protect Monarch Butterflies from Extinction

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM

Why Voting Rights Are Still Important, Even After Election Day

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM

100 Women in Congress: When Underrepresentation Marks a Milestone

Nov 11, 2014 12:00 AM

On this Veterans Day, Honoring Those Who Served Year Round

Nov 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Making Sure That Children Count

Nov 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Shining a Light Through Our Sorrow: Two Years After Newtown

Nov 10, 2014 12:00 AM

It’s Time for Moral Action on Immigration from the President

Nov 10, 2014 12:00 AM

A Step in the Right Direction for Criminal Justice Reform in California

Nov 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Israel Update: New Terror Attacks, and a Legal Battle over Jerusalem

Nov 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Jacobs Camp Welcomes Kids of Active Duty Service Members

Nov 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Election Day Yields Mixed Results for Reproductive Rights

Nov 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Sixth Circuit Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Bans

Nov 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Midterms 2014: What the Election Means for Jewish Social Justice

Nov 6, 2014 12:00 AM

Using Our Tax System To Help the Most Vulnerable Among Us

Nov 6, 2014 12:00 AM

A Win for Gun Violence Prevention in Washington State!

Nov 6, 2014 12:00 AM

Reform Movement Responds to Election Results

Nov 6, 2014 12:00 AM

Green Cheshvan Challenge: Turn Down Your Thermostat

Nov 5, 2014 12:00 AM

Barriers to Forming Loving Families: Adoption Laws and Same-Sex Couples

Nov 5, 2014 12:00 AM

Action Still Needed for Unaccompanied Minors

Nov 3, 2014 12:00 AM

A System of Justice: Using Taxes to Help Fight Ebola

Nov 3, 2014 12:00 AM

12 Days Until Open Enrollment: What You Can Do to Make it a Success!

Nov 3, 2014 12:00 AM

This Election Day, Vote on Question 4

Oct 31, 2014 12:00 AM

The Continuing Fight for Justice in Ferguson

Oct 31, 2014 12:00 AM

Placing Stumbling Blocks Before People with Disabilities: Voting Barriers and Disenfranchisement

Oct 31, 2014 12:00 AM

Do Not Stand Idly By As Your Neighbor Bleeds: We Need to End Gun Violence

Oct 30, 2014 12:00 AM

Thoughts on the World Zionist Congress Elections from ARZA

Oct 30, 2014 12:00 AM

Go Forth To the Polls This Election Day and Make Your Voice Heard

Oct 30, 2014 12:00 AM

Why We Must Restore Voting Rights for the Formerly Incarcerated

Oct 29, 2014 12:00 AM

Beyond Marriage Equality: the Challengers Facing the LGBT Elderly Community

Oct 29, 2014 12:00 AM

All Eyes on Reproductive Rights: Is Tennessee the Next Texas?

Oct 28, 2014 12:00 AM

Join the GreenFaith Webinars and Learn about Energy Stewardship!

Oct 28, 2014 12:00 AM

Not Just the Federal Level: States Can Also Work To Raise The Wage

Oct 28, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: In Massachusetts, Ballot Question 4 Brings Us Home

Oct 27, 2014 12:00 AM

Channeling Abraham As We Fight for Civil Rights

Oct 27, 2014 12:00 AM

When Personal Safety Proves an Obstacle to Voting

Oct 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Ebola Crisis Continues in West Africa: What’s the Role of the Jewish Community?

Oct 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Oh, Canada

Oct 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Transgender Disenfranchisement Highlights Broader Transgender Discrimination

Oct 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Five Jewish Things You Can Do to Celebrate Food Day

Oct 23, 2014 12:00 AM

What Does Ebola Have to Do with Immigration? Not Much

Oct 22, 2014 12:00 AM

Ensuring That A Permanent Home Is Not a Prerequisite to Voting

Oct 22, 2014 12:00 AM

Commemorating the Fifth Anniversary of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Oct 22, 2014 12:00 AM

Holding Ourselves Accountable: Tending to the Earth

Oct 21, 2014 12:00 AM

Take Action to #RestoreVotingRights in Light of Major Loss in Texas

Oct 21, 2014 12:00 AM

Standing Up Against Discrimination, from 35,000 Feet Up in the Sky

Oct 20, 2014 12:00 AM

Force Feeding, Guantanamo Hunger Strikes, and What Our Rabbis Teach

Oct 20, 2014 12:00 AM

Praying for Rain Amidst Droughts and Storms

Oct 17, 2014 12:00 AM

We Can Still Work with Russia for Nuclear Disarmament

Oct 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Restarting the Scroll for Education for Women and Girls Around the World

Oct 17, 2014 12:00 AM

How Bigotry and Legalized Discrimination Fuel an Epidemic of LGBT Homelessness

Oct 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Supreme Court Deals a Major—If Temporary Victory to Texas Women’s Reproductive Rights

Oct 15, 2014 12:00 AM

A Ballot Initiative That Could Reform California’s Criminal Justice System

Oct 15, 2014 12:00 AM

#ProtectAllWomen From Gun Violence

Oct 15, 2014 12:00 AM

On this Children’s Shabbat, We Challenge Ourselves to End Child Hunger in the US

Oct 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Don’t Be a Bystander When There’s Big Money in Politics

Oct 14, 2014 12:00 AM

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Fight over Breast Cancer-Related Patents Continues

Oct 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Religious Freedom Isn’t Just About the Freedom of Belief

Oct 13, 2014 12:00 AM

Recognizing Both Narratives this Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day

Oct 13, 2014 12:00 AM

Create the LGBT-Inclusive Jewish Community I Didn’t Have Growing Up

Oct 10, 2014 12:00 AM

End the Stigma Against Mental Health in Honor of World Mental Health Day

Oct 10, 2014 12:00 AM

On 10/10, Let’s Raise the Minimum Wage to $10.10/Hour

Oct 8, 2014 12:00 AM

This Year Let’s Put Food Justice at the Center of our Fall Harvest

Oct 8, 2014 12:00 AM

Suppressive SCOTUS Decision Reminds Us to Continue to Protect the Right to Vote

Oct 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Not Everyone Has a Sukkah To Call Home

Oct 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Join the RAC at NFTY Convention in Atlanta

Oct 6, 2014 12:00 AM

Saving Lives from Gun Violence: WA Ballot Initiative I-594

Oct 6, 2014 12:00 AM

Supreme Court Case Young v. UPS Highlights Unique Common Ground Between Advocacy Groups

Oct 6, 2014 12:00 AM

Back to the Bench: First Day of the Supreme Court Term

Oct 6, 2014 12:00 AM

In Refusing to Hear Cases, the Supreme Court Gives Way for Marriage Equality in Five States (Updated)

Oct 6, 2014 12:00 AM
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