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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

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

A Tribute and a Thank You to Rabbi David Saperstein

Jan 7, 2015 12:00 AM

A Note of Farewell

Jan 7, 2015 12:00 AM

We Can’t Wait Another Year to Close Guantanamo

Jan 7, 2015 12:00 AM

Left Out: News from the Western Wall

Jan 7, 2015 12:00 AM

A New Year’s Resolution to Ensure Safety for Survivors of Abuse

Jan 7, 2015 12:00 AM

The Jewish Caucus in the New Congress

Jan 6, 2015 12:00 AM

Where Are We in the Fight Against Anti-Semitism?

Jan 6, 2015 12:00 AM

High School Students Lobby for LGBT Equality at L’Taken

Jan 6, 2015 12:00 AM

Shedding Light on Lima: #LightForLIMA

Jan 5, 2015 12:00 AM

Over the Border, but Not Out of the Woods

Jan 5, 2015 12:00 AM

2014 at the RAC: Our Year in Blogs  

Jan 5, 2015 12:00 AM

Green Tevet Challenge: Recycle Your Electronics

Jan 2, 2015 12:00 AM

Responding Jewishly to Transphobia and Trans Suicides

Jan 2, 2015 12:00 AM

Getting Ready for the New Elections in Israel!

Dec 31, 2014 12:00 AM

After The Torture Report

Dec 31, 2014 12:00 AM

Still No Representation for the Nation’s Capital

Dec 31, 2014 12:00 AM

Ensuring our LGBT Advocacy is Truly Trans-Inclusive

Dec 30, 2014 12:00 AM

L’Taken Participant Reflects on Losses Due to Gun Violence

Dec 30, 2014 12:00 AM

Spending Bill Allows 10x Increase in Campaign Contributions

Dec 30, 2014 12:00 AM

It’s Time for Paid Sick Days in 2015

Dec 24, 2014 12:00 AM

FDA to Replace Ban on MSM Blood Donations with One-Year Deferral

Dec 24, 2014 12:00 AM

International Religious Freedom: More than a Matter of Faith

Dec 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Shedding Light on Lima: The Recent Climate Talks and the Urgency of 2015

Dec 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Steps Towards Reproductive Rights for Peace Corps Volunteers in the Spending Bill

Dec 22, 2014 12:00 AM

New Survey Highlights Challenges and Opportunities for Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Dec 22, 2014 12:00 AM

Let’s Keep the Flame of Religious Freedom Burning Bright

Dec 22, 2014 12:00 AM

Eight Hanukkah Wishes For Our Environment

Dec 19, 2014 12:00 AM

A Faithful CRomnibus

Dec 19, 2014 12:00 AM

L’Taken Participant Speaks Out for Voting Rights

Dec 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Light a Candle for Understanding

Dec 18, 2014 12:00 AM

URJ Ruderman Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center Now Live

Dec 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Celebrating What Really Matters in December

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM

ABLE Act’s Senate Passage a Moral Victory for People with Disabilities

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Remembering Newtown, Two Years and Too Many More Losses Due to Gun Violence

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Mental Health Continues to be a Priority Two Years After Sandy Hook

Dec 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Interpreting Our Dreams and Addressing the Problems of Our Nation

Dec 16, 2014 12:00 AM

The Hanukkah Model of Sustainability

Dec 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Coming Together as a Movement Through Social Justice

Dec 15, 2014 12:00 AM

Hanukkah Miracles and Mitzvot for Children

Dec 15, 2014 12:00 AM

Mazal Tov to Rabbi Saperstein

Dec 15, 2014 12:00 AM

Rabbi David Saperstein confirmed as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

Dec 12, 2014 12:00 AM

Rabbis Organizing Rabbis: Luis Goes Home for the Holidays

Dec 12, 2014 12:00 AM

Mixed Recommendations on Ending the FDA’s MSM Blood Ban

Dec 12, 2014 12:00 AM

Thinking of Labor Rights During Hanukkah

Dec 12, 2014 12:00 AM

Update on the Iran Nuclear Talks

Dec 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Helping Those Experiencing Homelessness as the Weather Gets Colder

Dec 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Human Rights Day and the Senate Torture Report

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM

The Latest Bzzzzz: Our Work to Fight Malaria Continues

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM

The Importance of Stem Cell Research

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM

What Parashat Vayeishev Teaches Us About Going Green

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM

Reform Movement on the Launch of the 90 Million Strong Campaign to Abolish the Death Penalty

Dec 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Thinking Climate in Winter

Dec 9, 2014 12:00 AM

RAC Submits Testimony for Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing

Dec 8, 2014 12:00 AM
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