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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

“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

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

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
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