Show Up Against Anti-Semitism
WEBINAR Reflecting the need for open conversation regarding the rise in antisemitism and the ways in which it directly affects our communities and synagogues, Rabbi Rick Jacobs (President, URJ), Yolanda Savage-Narva (Director for Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, URJ) Jonathan Greenblatt (CEO, ADL), and Carly Pildis (Associate Director of Community Engagement, ADL) will discuss the necessity of responding to antisemitism and hate more broadly.
Barbara Weinstein (Director, Commission on Social Action and Associate Director, Religious Action Center) will moderate the discussion addressing the most intersectional and pressing issues at the heart of how and why our Reform Movement can be leaders in this moment.
Tell Our Senators You Support the Freedom to Vote
Let’s Show Senator Casey How Strongly We Support Equal Access to the Ballot Box
On Tuesday, over 60 Reform Jews from across Pennsylvania met with a member of Senator Toomey’s staff to express our support for the For People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Close to 20% of the people who attended were members of Beth David.
We’re counting on at least that many people for our meeting with Senator Casey’s staff taking place Monday, August 2, from 10:30 to 11:30 on Zoom. This is an amazing opportunity to let Senator Casey know how strongly we support these bills and want him to do everything he can to see that they pass.
The more people who attend the session, the more forceful our message will come across. So, please join us on Tuesday. To sign up, visit https://bit.ly/RAC-PA-Casey.
Make the U.S. Safer For Man, Woman & Children’s Best Friends
The Jewish value of tza’ar ba’alei chayim, kindness to animals, is codified in the Talmud. But it actually is first alluded to in the book of Genesis. It also happens to be the mission of the ASPCA; in fact, it is part of the organization’s name, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. That’s why we’re asking members of Beth David to sign a petition the ASPCA is currently circulating.
Right now, there are approximately 250,000 dogs in U.S. puppy mills. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for licensing and overseeing these businesses. But despite overwhelming evidence of cruelty to the dogs in these facilities, the USDA is doing nothing according to the ASPCA. The department is failing to do its job; it’s abandoning its responsibility to enforce the Animal Welfare Act, and allowing violations go unreported and unpunished.
We have an opportunity to stand up for our values and protect puppy mill dogs. The ASPCA’s petition is available at https://bit.ly/SupportDogsNow. Take a moment to read the petition, and if you agree with its demands, sign it. Signatures will be delivered straight to the White House, so the ASPCA can tell President Biden, who has the power to direct the USDA to do its job, that the suffering must end.
Thank you in advance for you using your voice on behalf of all the dogs who have ever been victims of the inhumane puppy mill industry.