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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

Evaluating the Affordable Care Act—And Moving Forward

Apr 18, 2014 12:00 AM

The Modern Plague of Malaria

Apr 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Valuing All Roles

Apr 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Release of CIA Torture Report Reignites Important Conversation

Apr 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Reform Leader Responds to New Reports of Anti-Semitism in Ukraine

Apr 17, 2014 12:00 AM

ROR Stands with Ruth: Omer Week One

Apr 17, 2014 12:00 AM

“Earth Day Every Day: Creating a Green Culture in your Congregation”

Apr 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Restrictive North Dakota Anti-Choice Law Struck Down

Apr 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Supporting Families Through Paid Leave

Apr 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Solemn Gun Violence Anniversaries This Week

Apr 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Democracy Restoration Act Reintroduced

Apr 16, 2014 12:00 AM

The Boston Marathon Bombings: Lessons from Passover

Apr 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Reason for Leaving? It’s Complicated.

Apr 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Rabbis Organizing Rabbis: Announcing “We Stand with Ruth”

Apr 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: You Don’t Need it “All,” You Just Need a Sofa

Apr 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Responding to the Tragic Shooting at Jewish Community Sites in Kansas

Apr 14, 2014 12:00 AM

A Tomato on the Seder Plate?

Apr 13, 2014 12:00 AM

When Bad Policies Happen to Great Organizations

Apr 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Day of Silence: Speaking Louder than Words

Apr 11, 2014 12:00 AM

How the Ryan Budget Harms Our Children

Apr 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Lobbying for DC Voting Rights

Apr 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Citizens United Revisited: McCutcheon V. FEC

Apr 10, 2014 12:00 AM

Paul Ryan’s Budget Hurts Veterans

Apr 10, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: The Sacrifices are Worth It

Apr 10, 2014 12:00 AM

Why Talk about Disability Rights on Passover?

Apr 10, 2014 12:00 AM

Drifting from Israel, per Rabbi Eric Yoffie

Apr 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Talking to Teens about Israel

Apr 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Don’t Pass Over Us: Women’s Equality at the Seder

Apr 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Aunties With Children

Apr 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Today is Equal Pay Day

Apr 8, 2014 12:00 AM

At Passover, Reflecting on the Relationship Between Blacks and Jews

Apr 8, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: It’s Equal Pay Day, Let’s Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

Apr 8, 2014 12:00 AM

Unemployment Insurance Passes Senate

Apr 8, 2014 12:00 AM

Fort Hood Tragedy Reignites Mental Health Debate

Apr 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Freedom to Wander, Freedom to Believe: Religious Freedom on Passover

Apr 7, 2014 12:00 AM

The “10 Human Plagues” on Our Environment

Apr 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: My Invisible Family

Apr 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Responding to the Court: Upholding Voting Rights

Apr 4, 2014 12:00 AM

Reflections on the Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Apr 4, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Beyond the Everyday Challenges

Apr 4, 2014 12:00 AM

This Passover, Let Us Commit to Ending Modern-Day Slavery

Apr 4, 2014 12:00 AM

For You Were Strangers in the Land of Egypt: Welcoming the Immigrant on Passover

Apr 3, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Expanding the Meaning of Choice

Apr 3, 2014 12:00 AM

UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: “S.O.S. to the world”*

Apr 3, 2014 12:00 AM

Rabbi Rick Jacobs Responds to Harsh Critique of Zionism

Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Where’s ENDA?

Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Language matters

Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM

My Grandmother and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM

No Kidding: Senate Committee Hearing on Paycheck Fairness

Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Take Action: Unemployment Insurance Vote Tomorrow

Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Why is this night different? Ending slavery in our time.

Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Next Year, May We All Be Free

Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Honoring Work – And Rest

Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Let The Appropriations Games Commence

Mar 31, 2014 12:00 AM

President Obama Speaks at Nuclear Security Summit

Mar 31, 2014 12:00 AM

Marketplaces Hit Critical Enrollment Goal

Mar 28, 2014 12:00 AM

We Need You! Help Us Eradicate Malaria

Mar 28, 2014 12:00 AM

Join the Movement: Earth Hour 2014

Mar 28, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Men on the Tightrope

Mar 28, 2014 12:00 AM

From Oral Arguments Onwards: Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood

Mar 28, 2014 12:00 AM

Calling All Reform CA Rabbis

Mar 27, 2014 12:00 AM

Minimum Wage, Maximum Update

Mar 27, 2014 12:00 AM

Annual Ruderman Prize in Inclusion Announced

Mar 27, 2014 12:00 AM

When We Have Nothing Left to Say to One Another

Mar 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Forcing a Vote on Immigration Reform

Mar 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Is it 2014 or 1964?: Time for a Voter’s Bill of Rights in Ohio

Mar 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Reform Leaders Weigh in on Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Cases

Mar 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: A Fair Shot for Women

Mar 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Perspectives from the President of WRJ

Mar 25, 2014 12:00 AM

Religious Liberty and Reproductive Rights: Understanding the Issues in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby

Mar 25, 2014 12:00 AM

On Solemn Anniversary, We Remember the Importance of Unions

Mar 25, 2014 12:00 AM

Kids in Prison?

Mar 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Support the Safe Schools Improvement Act

Mar 24, 2014 12:00 AM

21 Facts for the 21st Annual World Water Day

Mar 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Caring for Those Who Care for Us

Mar 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Frightening Gun Laws Moving in Statehouses

Mar 21, 2014 12:00 AM

Senate Slumber Party

Mar 21, 2014 12:00 AM

Swabbing on Yom Kippur: What is a Life Worth Living?

Mar 21, 2014 12:00 AM

New York City Has New Paid Sick Days Law

Mar 21, 2014 12:00 AM

Anti-LGBT Law Voted Down in Lithuania

Mar 20, 2014 12:00 AM

New Hampshire Debates Death Penalty Repeal

Mar 20, 2014 12:00 AM

A 16-Year-Old’s Epiphany at the Western Wall

Mar 20, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Helping Working Families Breathe Easier

Mar 20, 2014 12:00 AM

For What We’re Worth

Mar 19, 2014 12:00 AM

It’s The Final Countdown

Mar 19, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: Learning How to Lean Back

Mar 19, 2014 12:00 AM

Israeli-Palestinian Negotiation Deadline Approaches

Mar 19, 2014 12:00 AM

Honoring Soldiers Who Were Overlooked in the Past

Mar 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Anat Hoffman on International Women’s Day

Mar 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: If it’s Good Enough for the Matriarchs

Mar 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Ensuring Access to School Lunch in Minnesota

Mar 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Obama’s Big Budget

Mar 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: My Rock of Gibraltar

Mar 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Choices at the grocery store and beyond

Mar 17, 2014 12:00 AM

The Fast That I Desire: Honoring Esther, Seeking Justice

Mar 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Why Fracking Gives Me the Heebie Jeebies

Mar 14, 2014 12:00 AM

On Purim, Thinking of Vashti and Esther

Mar 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Double Booked: My Working Family, Past and Future

Mar 14, 2014 12:00 AM

This Fast of Esther, I’m Fasting for Immigration Reform

Mar 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Substance Abuse: Keeping it in Check on Purim

Mar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
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