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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

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

Contextualizing Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Speech at the UN

Oct 3, 2014 12:00 AM

Reproductive Health Clinics Now ‘Lone Stars’ In Texas

Oct 3, 2014 12:00 AM

I am the Walrus

Oct 3, 2014 12:00 AM

Casting a Wider Net: Malaria and Ebola

Oct 3, 2014 12:00 AM

Time To Register To Vote

Oct 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Join Our Rabbis and Take Action on Critical Deportation Case

Oct 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Our Decades-Long Fight for LGBT Equality

Oct 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Channeling Moral Outrage Into Action To End Domestic Violence

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Just What is ISIS, and Why Should We Care?

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Repentance and Forgiveness More Than One Day a Year

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Hiddush’s Newest Report Shows Overwhelming Support for Freedom of Expression

Sep 30, 2014 12:00 AM

Bitten by the Anti-Malaria Bug

Sep 30, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: No One Should Have to Choose Between A Healthy Family and A Job

Sep 30, 2014 12:00 AM

Anticipating Enrollment Season, New Statistics on the ACA

Sep 30, 2014 12:00 AM

When You Fast For More Than 25 Hours

Sep 29, 2014 12:00 AM

Incidence of anti-Semitism in Baltimore over Rosh Hashanah

Sep 29, 2014 12:00 AM

Green Tishrei Challenge: BYO Grocery Bags

Sep 29, 2014 12:00 AM

Abortion Access: A Matter of Individual Rights and Health Care

Sep 29, 2014 12:00 AM

October 6 – GreenFaith Certification Learning Session

Sep 28, 2014 12:00 AM

A New Year for the New Legislative Assistants: Our Reflections on 5775

Sep 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Victories at the Western Wall and Throughout Israeli Radiowaves

Sep 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Answering the Call to Stop Unjust Deportations

Sep 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Universal Healthcare Through a Jewish Lens

Sep 23, 2014 12:00 AM

The Fight for Free and Fair Elections

Sep 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Environmental Stewardship on the Eve of Rosh Hashanah: The People’s Climate March

Sep 22, 2014 12:00 AM

UN Summit a Meaningful Opportunity to Impact Climate Change 

Sep 22, 2014 12:00 AM

Issues of Extremism in America Today

Sep 22, 2014 12:00 AM

What’s Next for Campaign Finance?

Sep 22, 2014 12:00 AM

A Healthy, Nutritious, and Sweet New Year For All Children

Sep 19, 2014 12:00 AM

This Week at the RAC: Apply for Nothing but Nets Fellowship; People’s Climate March

Sep 19, 2014 12:00 AM

A Comparative View of Elder Abuse in the U.S. and Israel

Sep 19, 2014 12:00 AM

The FDA MSM Bans: Another Form of Discrimination

Sep 19, 2014 12:00 AM

“Women’s Issues” Are Everybody’s Issues: Preventing Sexual Assault is On All of Us

Sep 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Throwing the Flag on Washington’s Team Nickname

Sep 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Rabbi David Saperstein Honored with Inaugural Anne Frank Award

Sep 18, 2014 12:00 AM

A Promising Perspective on Religious Tolerance in the Middle East

Sep 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Who Counts? A Census Report That Calls for Economic Justice In The Year To Come

Sep 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Happy Constitution Day! Reflecting on our “First Freedoms”

Sep 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Enroll Your Congregation in GreenFaith!

Sep 17, 2014 12:00 AM

These Days of Awe, Pursuing Justice in the Criminal Justice System

Sep 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Can’t Make it to the People’s Climate March? Here Are Four Things You Can Do

Sep 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Pursuing Choice in the States: Updates on Restrictive Texas Law

Sep 15, 2014 12:00 AM

It’s Past Time to End Pay Discrimination

Sep 15, 2014 12:00 AM

A Summer of Equality: Momentum Builds for Marriage Equality in the Courts

Sep 15, 2014 12:00 AM

Working Towards a More Just World for People with Disabilities in 5775

Sep 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Pursuing Timely Justice for Immigrant Families

Sep 12, 2014 12:00 AM

This Week at the RAC: Rabbi Saperstein 40 Year Anniversary, People’s Climate March

Sep 12, 2014 12:00 AM

Putting a Face on Climate Change

Sep 12, 2014 12:00 AM

Celebrating a Milestone for VAWA

Sep 12, 2014 12:00 AM

Not Just GOTV: Getting DC The Right To Vote and Have Elected Representation

Sep 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Get Out the Vote: A Guide for First-Time Voters

Sep 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Updates from IRAC: We Won!

Sep 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Remembering 9/11: Civil Liberties and National Security

Sep 11, 2014 12:00 AM

This School Year Not Another Shooting

Sep 10, 2014 12:00 AM

#ISupportCRPD – Take Action to Support Disability Inclusion!

Sep 10, 2014 12:00 AM

Getting Rid of the Green Mile

Sep 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Celebrating 40 Years of Rabbi David Saperstein

Sep 9, 2014 12:00 AM

September 21: Join the People’s Climate March!

Sep 8, 2014 12:00 AM

This Week at the RAC: Preparing for High Holy Days & Get Out the Vote

Sep 5, 2014 12:00 AM

Introducing the New Eisendrath Legislative Assistants

Sep 4, 2014 12:00 AM

The Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Connection to Parkinson’s Disease

Sep 4, 2014 12:00 AM

Congregational Dos and Don’ts for This Election Season

Sep 4, 2014 12:00 AM

Updates for Community Social Action

Sep 3, 2014 12:00 AM

This Week at the RAC: End of LA Orientation, Labor Day

Aug 29, 2014 12:00 AM

A Shabbat for U.S. All

Aug 28, 2014 12:00 AM
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