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Published on November 29, 2017, by in RJV.

On October 22, almost 30 people joined us for RJV’s annual retreat, this year hosted at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue. We began the day by hearing from Joy Friedman, director of organizing at the Religious Action Center, who discussed her own Jewish identity and how it informed her drive for justice, then launched a conversation about

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Published on October 10, 2017, by in RJV.

Reform Jewish Voice of New York State is excited to host our annual retreat on Sunday, 10/22 at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue. On site-check in will start at 9:00 am and the retreat will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The retreat is an exciting opportunity to learn about issues which RJV works on,

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Published on July 28, 2017, by in RJV.

Dear Friend, Reform Jewish Voice of New York State (RJV) is our collective voice for Jewish social justice advocacy in New York. Our mission is to promote state legislation and governmental actions that embody the principles of the Reform Jewish movement through education on the critical issues facing our state and advocacy in Albany and local

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Published on May 16, 2017, by in RJV.

Voting Rights Legislative Ask: RJV supports the $7 million in the Governor’s budget for in person early voting, and the suite of voting reforms found in the New York Votes Act package (A05312) that will allow automatic and online registration, no fault absentee voting, and restoring parolee voting rights. Background: The right to vote is

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Published on May 9, 2017, by in Advocacy Day.

Background In 1970, New York was one of the first states to legalize abortion, three years before Roe v. Wade was decided by the United States Supreme Court.  While much has changed in over the past 40 years, New York law has lagged behind and now has more stringent rules about a woman’s right to

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Published on May 9, 2017, by in Advocacy Day.

Background: Jewish tradition has long recognized not only the importance of government, but also the positive role that governments can play in establishing a society of tzedek v’shalom, justice and peace. The growing influence of money in politics, though, makes achieving this goal more difficult, as it fosters a society where a person’s wealth can

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Published on May 9, 2017, by in Advocacy Day.

Background For several years the Governor, legislators and private and parochial school proponents have advocated for an Education Tax Credit (ETC) for taxpayers, including corporations, who donate to scholarship funds for private or religious schools. The Education Tax Credit would direct public funding to private and parochial schools, posing a threat to the separation of

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Published on April 14, 2017, by in RJV.

On April 10, 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed “Raise the Age” legislation into law, bringing New York in line with the rest of the nation in how juvenile offenders are treated by state judicial systems.  (North Carolina is now the only state that treats 16- and 17-year-old defendants as adults.)  The legislative battle over “Raise the Age” was

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Published on March 23, 2017, by in RJV.

Join RJV leaders and Jewish social justice advocates from across the Empire State for a face-to-face opportunity with your state elected officials. Meet us in Albany to speak truth to power about issues that matter and about cherished values that define us both as individuals and as a people. We will be lobbying on the

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