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Published on December 12, 2013, by in RJV.

In 2010, nearly 2.8 million New Yorkers lived in poverty—that’s 14% of all New Yorkers!—and 12.4% of residents struggled with food insecurity, meaning they are unsure about when they will next receive a meal. In Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester and Albany, poverty rates are above 25% and over 2.3 million residents statewide rely on emergency food

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Published on November 15, 2013, by in URJ.

This was originally posted on RJblog on November 11, 2013. In the early morning hours of November 9, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. The equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, the storm displaced hundreds of thousands of people throughout the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the region’s Pacific Islands. Initial accounts indicate that as many

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Published on November 14, 2013, by in RJV, URJ.

Have you registered for the URJ Biennial in San Diego? You can already check out the schedule of events and speakers. Be sure to let us know if you will be in San Diego so we can send you information about an RJV meet-up!  

 
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Published on October 30, 2013, by in RJV.

Election Day is less than one week from today! Just a quick reminder that New York State requires voters to be registered at least 25 days prior to an election—there is no same-day voter registration.   Are you prepared to head to the polls on Tuesday, November 5th?  Do you know where your voting precinct is

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Over the weekend, Gov. Cuomo reiterated the importance of the Women’s Equality Act. More than 850 organizations have joined together to support this plan, including Reform Jewish Voice of New York State. In June, the Assembly passed all ten points of the Governor’s plan and the fate of the legislation now lies with the Senate. Tell

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Published on September 25, 2013, by in RJV.

In anticipation of the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption hearing in Albany on September 24, 2013, RJV submitted written testimony encouraging changes to the campaign finance system in New York State. Our tradition commands us to seek impartiality in politics and to speak up for those who kept out of the political process due to

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It was an anti-climactic ending for this session in the New York State legislature; the Assembly passed an omnibus Women’s Equality Act (which, among other items, would have protected women’s access to reproductive health care services) but the Senate decided to take up the agenda as individual bills. New Yorkers were highly anticipating debate on

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The time is now to lift up your voices together and call your state Senator and tell them that you support the New York Women’s Equality Act. Along with others across the state, tell the state Senate that you demand strengthened policies to support women as equal members of society as consistent with our American

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