The Union for Reform Judaism's Religious Action Center
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is a dynamic network of congregations, lay leaders, clergy and professionals across North America. Our progressive, inclusive approach unites thousands of years of Jewish tradition and values with modern Jewish experience to strengthen Judaism today and for future generations. Through programs, information and networking opportunities provided by the URJ, our nearly 900 member congregations enhance their capacity to build and expand community, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue social justice and develop inspired leadership.
For 50 years, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism ("the RAC") has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in Washington, D.C. As the DC office of the Union for Reform Judaism, the RAC educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, Israel and more. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the RAC's advocacy work is completely non-partisan and pursues public policies that reflect the Jewish values of social justice that form the core of our mandate.
The RAC’s work is mandated by the Union for Reform Judaism, whose 900+ congregations across North America include 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), whose membership includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis. Representatives of these two organizations, as well as the Union’s affiliates, comprise the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, which governs the RAC’s policy positions.
The Union for Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center partnered with Nothing But Nets in 2009 to send lifesaving bed nets to refugees in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since then, congregations from across the country have fundraised and advocated on behalf of the campaign. Through the Machon Kaplan Summer Social Action Internships, the Bernard and Audre Rapoport L’Taken Social Justice Seminars, and The North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), the Union for Reform Judaism is fighting to end malaria with Nothing But Nets.
Take a look at Nothing But Nets™ at the URJ Biennial Conference in San Diego, CA! 12/12/07 - 12/16/07
To learn more about The Union for Reform Judaism's Religious Action Center, visit http://www.urj.org/netsSee All Partners