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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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Published on November 20, 2014, by in RJV.

Earlier this month, the Steering Committee of Reform Jewish Voice of New York State met at the Temple Israel of Northern Westchester at our yearly gathering to set the stage for an exciting year of Jewish advocacy in pursuit of social justice in the Empire State. At the meeting, the Steering Committee welcomed four new

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Published on October 29, 2014, by in RJV.

Less than one week from today is Election Day! Voters across New York State (and all the states in the Union) will have the opportunity to go to the polls and weigh in on the critical issues that matter to them. In addition to voting for our representatives in Washington, D.C. there are key elections

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Published on October 13, 2014, by in RJV.

With the General Election soon arriving on November 4, it is important that we learn about candidates and the issues that matter most to us to be the most informed voters we can be. As Jews and American citizens we have an obligation to participate in the elections to ensure that our country’s policies at the

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Published on October 1, 2014, by in RJV.

In response to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive order expanding the living wage law across the five boroughs, Reform Jewish Voice of New York State Co-Chairs Rabbi Jennifer Jaech and Barbara Zaron released the following statement: We commend Mayor de Blasio for helping raise the living wage for many more New York

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Published on September 15, 2014, by in RJV, URJ.

The Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis have joined as partner organizations supporting the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21. Representing our Movement in New York State, we are hoping for a large turnout of Jewish social justice advocates to speak out on the importance of immediate

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