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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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Tuesday is National Equal Pay Day–the day in 2014 when women’s salaries catch up to men’s earnings from 2013. That’s right–over fifteen months of work for one year’s pay! Women head more than 1,000,000 households in New York State, and more than 63% of working mothers are primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners. The Women’s Equality Act (A.8070) would close

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“We understand that hunger is a huge issue that cannot be fixed easily. It is a multi-faceted problem and millions of Americans across the country struggle with every day. That is why we want to start small, and advocate for immediate change in New York.”—A NFTY-NAR teen advocating for anti-hunger programs. Not enough people take

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Published on February 27, 2014, by in RJV.

In the current economic crisis, low to moderate income families are struggling to survive and are more likely to need government assistance to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. In 2010, nearly 2.8 million New Yorkers lived in poverty—14% of all New Yorkers—and 12.4% of residents struggled with food insecurity.

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  Albany, N.Y., January 9, 2014: In response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address on January 8, 2014, RJV Co-Chairs Barbara Zaron and Jennifer Jaech issued the following statement:   Reform Jewish Voice of New York State (RJV), the Reform Movement’s social justice advocate in New York, sees the Governor’s State of the State

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On Rosh Hashanah, we say Shana tovah u’metukah (a good and sweet new year). And while we are nearly four months into 5774, we are only seven days into 2014 and it’s not shaping up to be a good or sweet year for millions of Americans. Congress has yet to extend unemployment insurance for those desperately seeking work, the

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It was an anti-climactic ending for this session in the New York State legislature; the Assembly passed an omnibus Women’s Equality Act (which, among other items, would have protected women’s access to reproductive health care services) but the Senate decided to take up the agenda as individual bills. New Yorkers were highly anticipating debate on

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Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address focused on a myriad of issues, many of which show up again in his budget proposal. There is a 4.4% increase in education spending, $1 billion over five years for affordable housing projects, $21 billion in state funds for disaster relief, recovery and mitigation and

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Take advantage of our resource guide, Jewish values text study and religious school programming. Spend the month of Cheshvan (Oct. 17-Nov. 14) engaging in advocacy work to raise the state minimum wage. From adult education, to student programming and Jewish text sources, be sure to use our Advocacy Month ResourceGuide for all of your congregations’ needs. This guide gives you the tools to bring Advocacy Month to

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Even though the clock ran out on New York’s legislative session (it ended on June 21), there are still numerous important issues that have yet to be brought to a vote. The legislature has left Albany but it is crucial to spotlight three issues that remain unfinished: the Reproductive Health Act, campaign finance reform and an

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