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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

This World Malaria Day: Join the Fight Against Malaria

Apr 17, 2015 12:00 AM

At Consultation: Advocate For Economic Justice

Apr 17, 2015 12:00 AM

Prepping for Consultation on Conscience: Advocacy 101

Apr 17, 2015 12:00 AM

Celebrate Israel on Yom HaAtzmaut and Vote in the World Zionist Congress Elections

Apr 16, 2015 12:00 AM

Mazal Tov to the Recipients of our Travel Justly grants!

Apr 16, 2015 12:00 AM

At the Consultation: LGBT Equality From Marriage Equality to Trans Rights

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM

At Consultation: Addressing Injustice in our Justice System

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM

At the Consultation: Supporting a Secure, Peaceful Israel

Apr 14, 2015 12:00 AM

Extend Funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program

Apr 14, 2015 12:00 AM

On Equal Pay Day, the March for Women’s Equality Continues On

Apr 14, 2015 12:00 AM

Banning Conversion Therapy is an Important Step Forward

Apr 13, 2015 12:00 AM

At Consultation: Economic Justice Means Paid Sick Days

Apr 13, 2015 12:00 AM

A Light that Will Never Go Out: Am Yisrael Chai

Apr 13, 2015 12:00 AM

A Vote for ARZA is a Vote for Progressive Zionism: Why We’re on the ARZA Slate

Apr 13, 2015 12:00 AM

SNAP to It: Time to End Food Insecurity

Apr 9, 2015 12:00 AM

Family and Medical Leave Denied to Same-Sex Couples in Non-Marriage Equality States

Apr 9, 2015 12:00 AM

Another Tragic Shooting Highlights Urgent Need for Action

Apr 8, 2015 12:00 AM

What Ancient Tents of the Israelites Teach us About Modern Privacy Issues

Apr 8, 2015 12:00 AM

The Global, Moral Call to Ending Extreme Poverty

Apr 8, 2015 12:00 AM

Gearing Up for Equal Pay Day

Apr 8, 2015 12:00 AM

Indiana and Arkansas Highlight the Need for Federal Comprehensive LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections

Apr 8, 2015 12:00 AM

The Iran Nuclear Deal: What Exactly Was the Agreement?

Apr 7, 2015 12:00 AM

Unexpected Controversy in Extending Funding for Children’s Health Insurance

Apr 7, 2015 12:00 AM

Why I Joined the Fight Against Malaria

Apr 7, 2015 12:00 AM

March Jobs Reports Shows Need For More Work on Economic Justice Issues

Apr 6, 2015 12:00 AM

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22!

Apr 6, 2015 12:00 AM

Liberation from Egypt, Liberation from Violence Against Women

Apr 6, 2015 12:00 AM

Response to Iran Negotiations: A Shift on the World Stage

Apr 5, 2015 12:00 AM

The Fifth Question

Apr 3, 2015 12:00 AM

Reform Movement Responds to Flurry of State RFRAs

Apr 3, 2015 12:00 AM

President Obama Takes Important Action on Commutations

Apr 3, 2015 12:00 AM

Reform Jewish Movement Responds to P5+1 Negotiations

Apr 3, 2015 12:00 AM

A Faithful Budget to Help Our Most Vulnerable

Apr 2, 2015 12:00 AM

The Modern Plagues of Inequality

Apr 2, 2015 12:00 AM

Learning about Advocacy through the RAC and Nothing But Nets Fellowship

Apr 2, 2015 12:00 AM

Women’s History Month: Celebrating Progress and Finding Inspiration for Action

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM

Reform Movement Applauds US Commitment to Curbing Climate Change

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM

Taking Aim at the Death Penalty

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM

Understanding the Unique Effect of Climate Change on Women

Mar 31, 2015 12:00 AM

More Than Words on a Page: Social Justice in our Prayer Books

Mar 30, 2015 12:00 AM

Marching toward Marriage Equality

Mar 30, 2015 12:00 AM

A Healthy Passover for All Workers

Mar 30, 2015 12:00 AM

The Other March Madness

Mar 27, 2015 12:00 AM

Fighting Malaria with My Whole Soul

Mar 27, 2015 12:00 AM

The Maror that Lasts Throughout the Year: The Bitterness of Ongoing Hate Crimes

Mar 27, 2015 12:00 AM

Not Enough: The Ongoing Fight for Women’s Liberation

Mar 26, 2015 12:00 AM

Advocating for an Israel Aligned with My Values: Why I’m on the ARZA Slate

Mar 26, 2015 12:00 AM

This Passover, We are Guiding People Home

Mar 26, 2015 12:00 AM

Ending Child Poverty: The Way Forward

Mar 25, 2015 12:00 AM

Reforming All Aspects of Our Voting System

Mar 25, 2015 12:00 AM

Passover Reminds Us: We Too Were Strangers

Mar 24, 2015 12:00 AM

Take a Hike! Green Nisan Challenge

Mar 24, 2015 12:00 AM

This Passover, Seeking Justice for Victims of Modern-Day Slavery

Mar 24, 2015 12:00 AM

ACA Anniversary Reminds Us of Successes and Work Left to Be Done for the LGBT Community

Mar 23, 2015 12:00 AM

Redemption for All God’s Children This Passover

Mar 23, 2015 12:00 AM

This is the Bread of Affliction: Hunger at the Seder

Mar 23, 2015 12:00 AM

Remembering Koufax, Raising Up Minority Identities Through Sports

Mar 20, 2015 12:00 AM

Reflections from a Father-Daughter Trip to Selma

Mar 20, 2015 12:00 AM

Pursuing Choice in the States: The Current State(s) of Reproductive Rights

Mar 20, 2015 12:00 AM

Set Your Passover Seder Table with Inclusion and Acceptance

Mar 19, 2015 12:00 AM

Parashat Vayikra: Witnessing Climate Change

Mar 19, 2015 12:00 AM

Recapping the Israeli Elections

Mar 19, 2015 12:00 AM

Putting the Jew in Sustainable Food Justice

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM

The Budget as a Moral Document

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM

When the Teacher Becomes the Student: How the Teens at L’Taken Inspire My Social Justice Work

Mar 17, 2015 12:00 AM

From Fighting Climate Change to Fighting for Climate Justice

Mar 17, 2015 12:00 AM

From Egypt to Selma: The Path to Redemption Continues On

Mar 17, 2015 12:00 AM

Call to Vote in World Zionist Congress by Anat Hoffman

Mar 16, 2015 12:00 AM

This Passover, an Exodus from Injustice for Workers

Mar 16, 2015 12:00 AM

The Four Children of Climate Change

Mar 16, 2015 12:00 AM

Selma: Honoring Our Past, Looking to the Future

Mar 13, 2015 12:00 AM

Join Rabbis Organizing Rabbis at CCAR Convention

Mar 13, 2015 12:00 AM

From Page to Practice: Reinterpreting the Helms Amendment

Mar 13, 2015 12:00 AM

The Power of Prophetic Rage

Mar 13, 2015 12:00 AM

Short-Term Shelter, Long-Term Respect

Mar 13, 2015 12:00 AM

Keeping Kids Well Fed and Fueled in the Classroom

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM

Reflections on Selma: Our Intersecting Struggles for Equality

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM

Down to the Wire: Less Than a Week till Israeli Elections

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM

L’Taken Participant Lobbies For Stem Cell Research

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM

The Right to Wear a Kippah in Israel: Why I’m on the ARZA Slate

Mar 11, 2015 12:00 AM

FMLA Time Off for LGBT Couples: Why this Alphabet Soup is So Important

Mar 11, 2015 12:00 AM

Our Bodies, Our Bank Accounts: Pregnant Workers Accommodations and Economic Security

Mar 11, 2015 12:00 AM

L’Taken Student Lobbies to End to Violence Against Women

Mar 10, 2015 12:00 AM

A Taxing Challenge

Mar 10, 2015 12:00 AM

Anticipating Pope Francis’ Encyclical

Mar 9, 2015 12:00 AM

‘Make it Happen’ on International Women’s Day and Bloody Sunday

Mar 9, 2015 12:00 AM

NYC Mayor Adds Muslim Holidays to School Closings

Mar 6, 2015 12:00 AM

A Gift of Life Donor Tells Her Story

Mar 6, 2015 12:00 AM

Wandering in the Desert (Airport), Searching for the Promised Land (Selma)

Mar 6, 2015 12:00 AM

Oral Arguments in King v. Burwell Show Many Possible Outcomes for Health Care Law

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM

IRAC and the URJ Stand Together Against Hateful Attacks in Israel

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM

Oh SNAP! Preserving SNAP in the New Congress

Mar 4, 2015 12:00 AM

Student Non-Discrimination Act Faces Hurdles in the House

Mar 4, 2015 12:00 AM

Unpacking PM Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

Mar 3, 2015 12:00 AM

Snowballs Aside: Climate Change Update

Mar 3, 2015 12:00 AM

FDA Policies Don’t Just Discriminate Against Gay Men

Mar 3, 2015 12:00 AM

Cities and States Standing Up For Working Families with Paid Sick Days

Mar 3, 2015 12:00 AM

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
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