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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

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

Treating Our Labor Well 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 ofthe 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

Progress in the States on Minimum Wage: Time for Congressional Action

Dec 5, 2014 12:00 AM

The Faith Community Confronts Climate Change: It’s No Longer Debatable

Dec 5, 2014 12:00 AM

On Anniversary of Repeal of DADT, Barriers Persist for Transgender Service members

Dec 5, 2014 12:00 AM

What Do Jacob the Patriarch and Senator Klobuchar Have in Common?

Dec 4, 2014 12:00 AM

Diverse Coalition of Faith Groups Calls for Justice for Pregnant Workers

Dec 4, 2014 12:00 AM

Global Leaders Convening in Lima to Talk Climate

Dec 4, 2014 12:00 AM

Nevada Audit Shows Death Penalty Is Not Cost Effective

Dec 3, 2014 12:00 AM

Gratitude Wednesday: An Open-Ended Post-Giving Tuesday Thank You

Dec 3, 2014 12:00 AM

How L’Taken Opened My Eyes to Jewish Social Justice and our Political System

Dec 3, 2014 12:00 AM

Supreme Court Hears Key Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Dec 3, 2014 12:00 AM

A Taxing Challenge: Funding EITC

Dec 3, 2014 12:00 AM

Two Birds with One Stone

Dec 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Anti-LGBT Bullying Persists Despite Decreased Media Attention

Dec 2, 2014 12:00 AM

This #GivingTuesday, Restore our Torah!

Dec 2, 2014 12:00 AM

How Many Jews Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?

Dec 2, 2014 12:00 AM

The Writing on the Wall

Dec 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Reflecting on the AIDS Epidemic and Stigmatization this World AIDS Day

Dec 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Give the Gift of Tzedek: Our Hanukkah Social Justice Gift Guide 5775

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM

After the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: What’s Next?

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Health Care Roundup: the Supreme Court, Open Enrollment, and a New Lawsuit

Nov 25, 2014 12:00 AM

Including Native Americans in a More Jewish, More Just Thanksgiving

Nov 25, 2014 12:00 AM

Reform Movement Clergy Join Interfaith Letter Asking for Voter Protection

Nov 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Money in Politics a Stumbling Block For Women and Minority Candidates

Nov 24, 2014 12:00 AM

My Family’s Immigration Story: Something to be Thankful For

Nov 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Turkey and Interfaith Talk

Nov 21, 2014 12:00 AM

In Advance of the Ferguson Grand Jury, What Have We Learned?

Nov 21, 2014 12:00 AM

Reform Jewish Movement Applauds New Protections for Undocumented Immigrants

Nov 21, 2014 12:00 AM

I-VAWA? WE-VAWA: We All Must Do Our Part to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Nov 20, 2014 12:00 AM

As We Celebrate Thanksgiving, Let’s Not Forget the Least Among Us

Nov 20, 2014 12:00 AM

Today We Remember: Commemorating Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Nov 20, 2014 12:00 AM

Joining the Olim Fellows for a Social Justice Weekend in Georgia

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM

Religious Freedom Reports Show the Work Left To Be Done

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM

House Subcommittee Hearing on Religious Accommodations in the Military, Today!

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM

U.S. Pledge to Green Climate Fund Important Step toward Curbing Climate Change

Nov 18, 2014 12:00 AM

There’s More to Gun Violence than Mental Illness

Nov 18, 2014 12:00 AM

At the U.N. Convention Against Torture, Hints of Positive Change in Eradicating Torture

Nov 18, 2014 12:00 AM

The Reform Movement Condemns Brutal Attack at Jerusalem Synagogue

Nov 18, 2014 12:00 AM

More News in the Fight against ISIS

Nov 18, 2014 12:00 AM

New Report is a Call to Action to End Child Homelessness

Nov 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Introducing the 2014-2015 RAC/UN Foundation Malaria Fellows

Nov 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Getting Covered: Resources for the Start of Open Enrollment Tomorrow

Nov 14, 2014 12:00 AM

How LGBT Inclusion in Sports can Inform our Jewish Inclusion Work

Nov 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Securing a High Quality Public Education System for America’s Children

Nov 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Waters of the U.S.: Reform Movement Comments on New EPA Rule

Nov 13, 2014 12:00 AM

Seeking: Benchwarmers for the Federal Courts

Nov 13, 2014 12:00 AM

Beyond the ADA: Learning about the Continuous Fight for Disability Rights

Nov 13, 2014 12:00 AM

What’s New with the Iran Talks?

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM

U.S-China Climate Agreement a Positive Step

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM

We Need To Protect Monarch Butterflies from Extinction

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM

Why Voting Rights Are Still Important, Even After Election Day

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM

100 Women in Congress: When Underrepresentation Marks a Milestone

Nov 11, 2014 12:00 AM

On this Veterans Day, Honoring Those Who Served Year Round

Nov 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Making Sure That Children Count

Nov 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Shining a Light Through Our Sorrow: Two Years After Newtown

Nov 10, 2014 12:00 AM

It’s Time for Moral Action on Immigration from the President

Nov 10, 2014 12:00 AM

A Step in the Right Direction for Criminal Justice Reform in California

Nov 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Israel Update: New Terror Attacks, and a Legal Battle over Jerusalem

Nov 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Jacobs Camp Welcomes Kids of Active Duty Service Members

Nov 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Election Day Yields Mixed Results for Reproductive Rights

Nov 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Sixth Circuit Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Bans

Nov 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Midterms 2014: What the Election Means for Jewish Social Justice

Nov 6, 2014 12:00 AM

Using Our Tax System To Help the Most Vulnerable Among Us

Nov 6, 2014 12:00 AM

A Win for Gun Violence Prevention in Washington State!

Nov 6, 2014 12:00 AM

Reform Movement Responds to Election Results

Nov 6, 2014 12:00 AM

Green Cheshvan Challenge: Turn Down Your Thermostat

Nov 5, 2014 12:00 AM

Barriers to Forming Loving Families: Adoption Laws and Same-Sex Couples

Nov 5, 2014 12:00 AM

Action Still Needed for Unaccompanied Minors

Nov 3, 2014 12:00 AM

A System of Justice: Using Taxes to Help Fight Ebola

Nov 3, 2014 12:00 AM

12 Days Until Open Enrollment: What You Can Do to Make it a Success!

Nov 3, 2014 12:00 AM

This Election Day, Vote on Question 4

Oct 31, 2014 12:00 AM

The Continuing Fight for Justice in Ferguson

Oct 31, 2014 12:00 AM

Placing Stumbling Blocks Before People with Disabilities: Voting Barriers and Disenfranchisement

Oct 31, 2014 12:00 AM

Do Not Stand Idly By As Your Neighbor Bleeds: We Need to End Gun Violence

Oct 30, 2014 12:00 AM

Thoughts on the World Zionist Congress Elections from ARZA

Oct 30, 2014 12:00 AM

Go Forth To the Polls This Election Day and Make Your Voice Heard

Oct 30, 2014 12:00 AM

Why We Must Restore Voting Rights for the Formerly Incarcerated

Oct 29, 2014 12:00 AM
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