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The Reform Jewish Movement’s 2022 Every Voice, Every Vote Campaign is a nonpartisan effort, grounded in our Jewish values and commitment to racial justice, to strengthen our democracy by encouraging and protecting voter participation. As Reform Jews, we believe democracy is strongest when the electorate reflects the population – and it suffers when citizens are shut out from the democratic process. Voting is how we determine our future. It is how we fulfill the Talmudic teaching that a ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is first consulted. It is our prayer. It is our voice. 

Urge Congress to Ban Assault Weapons


Assault weapons are weapons of war, designed to murder or maim as many people as possible in the shortest possible amount of time. The Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, Parkland, Uvalde, and the Tree of Life shootings all involved assault weapons.


From 1994 to 2004, when the U.S. had an assault weapons ban, 89 people tragically died in 12 mass shootings. From 2004 to 2014 – the decade after the ban expired – more than 300 people were shot and killed in 34 mass shootings, a 183 percent increase in massacres and a 239 percent increase in fatalities. The House of Representatives is considering voting on an Assault Weapons Ban, which would prohibit semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices. Tell Congress to protect Americans from senseless and preventable violence by passing the Assault Weapons Ban.

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We’ve Worked in Ukraine for Decades

 

Ukraine’s estimated 200,000 Jews rely on the strong presence built up through years of Federation support that is today serving as a lifeline for the community. Through our partner agencies JDCThe Jewish Agency for Israel, and World ORT, we’re there on the ground every day of the year, helping the most vulnerable and supporting programming to help younger generations reimagine Jewish life where it was all but destroyed. Learn more about our work in Ukraine, HERE.

 

But Today, The Need is Different

 

As the crisis in Ukraine escalates, thousands have come under fire in areas across the country. Thousands more have fled the fighting. Federations are planning to allocate millions of dollars to our partner agencies on the ground. Immediate and short-term needs already total about $20 million.

 

Emergency funding will focus on:

  • Helping people make Aliyah to Israel 
  • Securing the local community and its institutions
  • Maintaining critical welfare services
  • Assisting internally displaced people in multiple locations.  
  • Launching an emergency hotline
  • Securing temporary housing for people in transit
  • Purchasing satellite phones to maintain communications across the region
  • Securing five Jewish schools and training staff to manage crisis needs

 

It is because we’re always there, day after day, year after year, that we can deliver hope and help now when it is so desperately needed!

 

Our Ukrainian brothers and sisters are counting on you. Will you be there?