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Published on July 14, 2016, by in RJV.

  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

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Published on May 26, 2016, by in RJV.

On 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

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Published on April 25, 2016, by in Advocacy Day.

Join RJV leaders and Jewish social justice advocates from across the Empire State for an educational, fun experience learning about key issues and the Jewish values that underpin our view on those issues. Then take the unforgettable opportunity to lobby your members of the state senate and assembly on those topics. May 9, 2016 in

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Published on March 30, 2016, by in RJV.

This post originally appeared on the NFTY-New York Area Region Blog. 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 –

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Published on March 10, 2016, by in RJV.

Last month, I discussed a number of initiatives in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State and Executive Budget proposal that are in areas of particular interest to RJV, including Economic Justice, the Environment, Criminal Justice and Ethics. For the second part of our budget breakdown, I will be focusing on the Governor’s education proposals.

 
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Published on January 26, 2016, by in RJV.

  Governor Cuomo presented his State of the State and Executive Budget proposals on January 13, 2016, outlining his legislative agenda and $145 billion budget plan for 2016. With such an expansive set of initiatives, there is certainly a lot for us all to look through and begin to understand as lawmakers begin negotiating a

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The year 5775 saw a number of highlights for RJV’s work to create an Empire State of Tzedek. Take a look at the year’s achievements: We submitted testimony to the State Assembly in support of single-payer health care. We participated in Westchester Congregations Community’s social justice training led by the URJ and the RAC. We

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Published on May 8, 2015, by in Advocacy Day.

On May 4, along with Rabbi Sarah Abrams and other congregants from Westchester Reform Temple, I enthusiastically participated in my first experience advocating for human rights and social issues important to Reform Jews. Meeting New York State district representatives, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Senator George Latimer, in their offices, was a valuable sit-down-opportunity to share

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On Monday, the New York State Assembly passed the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, which strengthens criminal penalties for sex trafficking. This bill had already been passed by the Senate, alongside eight other points of the Women’s Equality Act. While RJV took no position on the content of this one part of the 10-point Women’s

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