Published on January 18, 2017, by in RJV.

Join Reform Jewish Voice of New York State (RJV) and New York teens for a two-day program for teens in Albany to learn about social justice issues that affect New Yorkers across the Empire State, and then lobby your state representatives on Monday!

If you have attended the Religious Action Center’s L’Taken program, this is a great follow up opportunity to keep using those skills. If you’ve never been to L’Taken and just want more experience in social justice with a Reform Jewish perspective, this is the program for you!

Albany Advocacy Day is Sunday March 19 – Monday March 20, 2017. Click here to register.FullSizeRender

Published on December 13, 2016, by in RJV.


On October 30, RJV’s Steering Committee met at the beautiful Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY to build relationships, discuss important state issues and map out the future of RJV. We were thrilled to officially welcome our new co-chair, Marc Landis of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan, who has shown exceptional leadership since he joined RJV in 2015. Marc will be succeeding Barbara Zaron of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany, who will be taking on the title of Emeritus after two successful terms as co-chair. Barbara will continue to be involved in RJV’s work, providing insight and leadership as we move our advocacy forward.

We were also excited to welcome our newest Steering Committee members: Abby Nash of Congregation Beth Emeth (Albany), Té Revesz of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan and Richard Rosen of Temple B’rith Kodesh in Rochester. These three leaders bring with them years of advocacy experience and a passion for social justice, and we were thrilled to welcome them to RJV.

One of the major discussed points at our meeting was a continued dedication to the education situation in East Ramapo. This past June, Governor Cuomo signed a law to provide much-needed funding for key programs and oversight for  the East Ramapo school board.  , but it only lasts until June of 2017. We need to continue to ensure that the students of the East Ramapo Central School District can access robust public education, and will continue to be active in this work.

As we prepare for the 2017 legislative session and our work to create an Empire State of Tzedek, we wish you and your families Happy Hanukkah!

Published on July 14, 2016, by in RJV.

RJV Advocates Gather for our 2016 Advocacy Day


A few weeks after the end of the 2016 legislative session, Governor Andrew Cuomo has only recently finished signing the bills that passed during the final moments Assembly Members and Senators spent in Albany. As we look back on the session, though, we have important victories to celebrate on some of RJV’s priority issues for this year. (more…)

Published on June 17, 2016, by in RJV.

Victory in East Ramapo

Contact: Max Rosenblum or Jacob Kraus
202.387.2800 |

Albany, N.Y., June 17, 2016 – In response to the passage of A.10723/S.8131, a bill in the New York State legislature that will bring much-needed funding and oversight to the East Ramapo School District, Barbara Zaron and Richard C. Laskey, co-chairs of Reform Jewish Voice of New York State, issued the following statement: (more…)

Published on May 26, 2016, by in RJV.

RJV Advocacy Day AttendeesOn Monday, May 9, Reform Jewish social justice advocates from around New York State gathered in Albany for RJV’s annual Advocacy Day. These powerful leaders in their communities came together to articulate a vision for tzedek in the Empire State and to share that vision with their Assembly Members and Senators as the legislature sets its priorities for the waning days of the 2016 session. Check out photos from the day on RJV’s Facebook page. (more…)

Published on March 30, 2016, by in RJV.

AAD16 Lobby Photo

On March 6th & 7th, 45 Jewish teens representing over 20 URJ congregations from the NY Area went to Albany to lobby our state legislators on social justice issues that matter to us as NFTYites. After spending Sunday learning about four different issues – Gun Violence Prevention, Economic Justice, Transgender Rights and Education – we prepared lobby speeches and met with our State Assembly Members and Senators. After the event, we asked a few of our peers to reflect on their experience in Albany.