Through advocacy campaigns, hands-on volunteering opportunities, and training for leaders, the URJ galvanizes people throughout North America to ensure religious freedom, pluralism, acceptance, and justice.
Reform congregations and their leadership are strengthened and emboldened as they enlist the support of their members to repair the world. Acting together with our congregations, other Reform institutions, and with partners of all faiths, we can work to make a difference by leveraging our collective power.
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Since its inception in 1959, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (“the RAC”) has been the hub of Jewish political engagement and legislative activity in Washington, D.C. Inspired by the words of the prophets in our sacred texts and profound commitment to tikkun olam, the RAC aims to bring a uniquely Jewish progressive voice to the national conversations shaping social justice and public policy in America.
As the D.C. office of the Union for Reform Judaism, the RAC educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community around legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, climate change, religious liberty, Israel and more.
As Jews and American citizens, our legacy mandates that we fight injustice in our own time; the RAC engages in the work of fulfilling this mandate while providing Reform Jews with the tools to bring this sacred work to their local communities. As it is written in Pirkei Avot, “It is not up to you to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.”
The RAC’s work is designated by the Union for Reform Judaism, whose 900+ congregations across North America include 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), whose membership includes more than 2,000 Reform rabbis. Representatives of these two organizations, as well as the Union’s affiliates, comprise the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, which governs the RAC’s policy positions. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the RAC's advocacy work is completely non-partisan and pursues public policies that reflect the Jewish values of social justice that form the core of our mandate.