Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) Biography
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"Biblical law mandates the death penalty for 36 offenses...
The Reform Movement, however, has followed rabbinic interpretations that effectively abolished the death penalty centuries ago. Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5 stresses the importance of presenting completely accurate testimony in capital cases, for any mistakes or falsehoods could result in the shedding of innocent blood...
[P]revailing Jewish thought in every movement has followed the previous opinions, which either oppose the death penalty outright, or allow for it only in the most extreme - once in seventy years -- circumstances. Following this line of thinking, the major Jewish movements in the United States all have specific policy supporting either abolition of the death penalty, or a moratorium on its use."
"The Death Penalty and Jewish Values," www.rac.org, accessed July 28, 2008
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"For more than 50 years, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (or "the RAC") has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in Washington, D.C. As the DC office of the Union for Reform Judaism, the RAC educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, Israel and more."
"About the RAC," www.rac.org (accessed June 4, 2015)
"To be the voice of the Reform Jewish Movement in Washington."
"Religious Action Center: History and Influence Program Guide," www.rac.org (accessed June 4, 2015)
Not membership of subscription based
$2,927,543 (2009 advocacy expenditures)
Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director
# of Offices:
One (Washington, DC)
# of Staff:
Union for Reform Judaism, mandates RAC's work
Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, a joint instrumentality of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union for Reform Judaism, endorses RAC's work
American Conference of Cantors, Association of Reform Zionists of America, National Association of Temple Administrators, National Association of Temple Educators, Men of Reform Judaism, Women of Reform Judaism, North American Federation of Temple Youth, affiliates of the Union for Reform Judaism