Published on December 23, 2014, by in RJV.

menorah lit with all candlesThroughout 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 the many other freedoms we are privileged to have, and of the importance of recommitting ourselves to ensuring that all people enjoy the same rights and protections to which we all aspire. That’s why Reform Jewish Voice of New York State is so committed totikkun olam – to repairing the world through advocacy in New York State.

We join together as individuals, congregations and communities across the Empire State to advocate for LGBT equality, to defend women’s reproductive rights, to find ways to end poverty and homelessness, to ensure the separation of church and state, to protect religious freedom, and other current and critical issues. Our work keeps the flame of Jewish social justice burning across New York State, and we hope you will be our partners in the new year in this critical work.

Here are some exciting upcoming opportunities to join the work of RJVNYS:

  • Februrary 8, 2015 - Advocacy training for Westchester area congregations with the Religious Action Center
  • March 1-2, 2015Teen Advocacy Retreat in Albany
  • May 4, 2015 - Advocacy Day in Albany

Over the past few months and into the new year, we are dedicated to reaching out into our communities and congregations to expand our social justice work. If you are interested in getting more involved with our work or cannot make the events in Albany, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by email.

With your active engagement and financial support, we can bring light to those who are in the shadows; we can expand our programs and advocacy. Please consider making a donation today.

Chag urim sameach! Wishing you and your family a joyous Festival of Lights and Happy Hanukkah!