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  • Orthodox, Reform groups differ on Supreme Court’s gay marriage call

    October 10, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    Reform and Orthodox Jewish groups had opposite takes on the Supreme Court decision not to hear gay marriage cases, effectively extending the right to a majority of the states.

    “The Supreme Court’s decision to leave in place lower court rulings that have the potential to bring...

  • Reform rabbis nudge ICE on deportations

    October 10, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    Reform rabbis are contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in an attempt to delay the deportation of undocumented workers.

    Rabbis Organizing Rabbis partnered with immigration advocacy organizations to ask the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to...

  • On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

    July 2, 2014 | 10:49 am

    On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director and Counsel of the Religious Action Center, (and long time national Board member of the NAACP and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights) issued the...

  • Jewish groups stand by religious freedom law, but Supremes’ take divides them

    July 1, 2014 | 4:56 pm

    Two decades ago the Jewish community united in support of landmark religious freedom legislation. Now the Supreme Court’s application of that law has Jewish groups divided.

    Leading Jewish advocacy groups denounced the court’s 5-4 decision Monday in the Hobby Lobby case granting...

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  • To frack or not to frack: is that a Jewish question?

    By Roger Price

    October 23, 2013 | 1:02 pm

       Did you know that fracking, the industrial process of extracting natural gas from shale rock is treif, that it violates Jewish values? Who knew? You could read the entire Torah, study the Mishnah and Gemara too, go through the commentaries of the rationalist Maimonides and the...

  • Without unemployment insurance, synagogue employees lacking a safety net

    September 3, 2013 | 7:02 am

    When Manya Monson was laid off in 2010, she knew she wouldn’t receive unemployment benefits, but she figured she could manage. Then a few weeks later she found out she was pregnant.

    “It made things very tough at that point,” Monson said.

    Had she been employed at the local...

  • Jewish groups ride roller-coaster week of Supreme Court rulings

    June 26, 2013 | 9:46 am

    A slight bump up on affirmative action, a plunge on voting rights, and on gay marriage, the mountaintop: federal legitimacy.

    It’s been a week of roller-coaster highs and lows at the Supreme Court for liberal Jewish groups. Their collective pledge: Stick it out.

    “These...

  • Rabbis to Boy Scouts: Lift ban on gay members

    May 22, 2013 | 10:39 am

    More than 500 rabbis and cantors urged the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on homosexual members when the youth group’s National Council convenes in Dallas this week.

    Representatives of the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements signed the letter, which was...

  • Is Obama George W. — or even Nixon? The secrecy factor

    May 14, 2013 | 10:05 am

    The Obama administration has in recent weeks suffered a 1-2-3 scandal outbreak:

    – The Benghazi tragedy-as-fiasco gained legs when internal emails emerged suggesting a massaged timeline of who knew what, when;

    – The IRS owned up to focusing on conservative groups in delaying...

  • Newtown rabbi joins Muslim, Christian clergy in urging gun controls

    March 12, 2013 | 8:07 am

    Interfaith clergy from Newtown, Conn., in an open letter urged a leading Republican to back far-reaching gun controls.

    Rabbi Shaul Praver of Congregation Adath Israel was among the 12 clergy from Newtown, the site of a school massacre last December, who signed the letter to Sen....

  • Reform corrals broad array of groups into gun call-in

    February 1, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    The Reform movement corralled a broad array of religious denominations to call into Congress on Monday and demand action on gun violence.

    Participant organizations in the "Faiths Calling" event organized by Reform's Religious Action Center include the Reform, Orthodox,...

  • Jewish religious, lay leaders join call to ban assault weapons

    January 16, 2013 | 10:46 am

    An interfaith alliance including Jewish religious and lay leaders is seeking a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines.

    Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence held a news conference on Jan. 15 calling for the bans, as well as improved background screening of...

  • After Newtown, some gun owners ready to consider control measures

    December 31, 2012 | 10:01 am

    The day Eric Schaefer learned that a .233 caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle -- a type of weapon he owned -- was used to kill 26 people in Newtown, Conn., he sold his rifle to local law enforcement near his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Schaefer, a 40-year-old commercial real...

  • Reform, Conservative, Orthodox leaders join gun control call

    December 21, 2012 | 9:19 am

    Top figures from the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements joined an interfaith call for greater gun controls in the wake of last week's school massacre in Connecticut.

    Rabbi David Saperstein, who directs the Reform movement's Religious Action Center, and Rabbi Julie...

  • New world view

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 15, 2012 | 9:11 pm

    Two years ago, Fred Kramer took a big, luxurious break from work to travel the world and find himself.

    In March, as the newly minted executive director of Jewish World Watch, he found himself locked in a jail cell with George Clooney.

    “It was quite a day,” Kramer said of the...

  • Reform wants answers on Manning’s treatment

    March 30, 2011 | 10:07 am

    The Reform movement is seeking clarification from the Pentagon on the treatment of the soldier accused in a massive leaks case.

    The letter sent Tuesday by Reform’s Religious Action Center to Defense Secretary Robert Gates noted “incomplete” reports in the media about the treatment...

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