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Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of joining NFTY-NAR for Albany Advocacy Day, in which over 80 teens descended on Albany for a two-day program about Reform Judaism and social justice. On Sunday, the teens learned about five different topics: raising the minimum wage, gender expression non-discrimination, the Women’s Equality Act, education (including the

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Following the Governor’s State of the State speech last week, a number of faith groups in New York have joined together to call for robust policies that further economic justice. Barbara Zaron, one of the RJVNYS co-chairs was quoted in three press releases speaking on behalf of RJV:

 
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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered a combined State of the State address and 2015-2016 budget proposal yesterday. The presentation addressed a myriad of issues, many of which are of significance to RJV and our work to promote social justice in New York. These topline proposals align with our work, and as we get

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Published on January 8, 2015, by in RJV.

On Sunday, February 8, members of the Westchester community are invited to an advocacy training run in conjunction with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. During the daylong training, participants will have a chance to understand some of the global, national and local issues concerning us and how

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Published on January 5, 2015, by in RJV.

On January 21, 2014 at 1:30PM, Governor Andrew Cuomo will deliver the State of the State address. We will have coverage and our response on the day, but in anticipation of the speech, here’s what we’re anticipating:   In his inauguration address, Governor Cuomo talked about the importance of growing the economy, creating jobs and

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Published on December 23, 2014, by in RJV.

Throughout the holiday of Hanukkah, we light candles, eat latkes and spin the dreidel. For eight nights, we come together with our friends, family and community to celebrate our religious freedom, and are reminded of our struggles – both past and present – for Jewish self-determination. This time of year, we are especially reminded of

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Published on December 17, 2014, by in RJV.

On Wednesday, officials in the Cuomo Administration made public their opposition to hydraulic fracturing in New York State. In an open end-of-year cabinet meeting, Acting Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker stated that he “could not support high-volume hydraulic fracturing” in New York. In his presentation, Zucker made clear that the data on the impact of

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Published on December 4, 2014, by in RJV, URJ.

We were pleased to join the President of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, in a statement in response to the grand jury decision in the case of the death of Eric Garner of New York, NY: We are anguished by the circumstances surrounding the death of Eric Garner during an encounter with

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Published on November 21, 2014, by in RJV.

It has become sort of a tradition for Black Friday to follow Thanksgiving, and for Cyber Monday to come two days later. But have you heard about Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for

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Published on November 20, 2014, by in RJV.

In its second year, the Health Insurance Marketplace is working to insure millions of Americans who otherwise would not have health care. With many of the glitches from last year’s opening taken care of, New Yorkers are taking advantage of the enrollment period (November 15, 2014 until February 15, 2015) to get signed up for

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