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Passover Haggadah

Passover is a unique time for friends and family to come together, share a meal discuss timeless themes of freedom and redemption and relate the Exodus from Egypt to the ongoing journey for justice that we are carrying out today. The seder emphasizes the importance of every participant learning from one another, passing wisdom between generations and experiences. The haggadah includes questions to help remind us that everyone is invited to participate and is encouraged to be curious. That why it is particularly important that Passover is approached with an inclusive attitude and an...

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Health Care and Congress

Last Friday, as news quickly spread throughout Washington and around the country that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was being pulled from consideration, I stood just feet away from where Members of Congress were entering to cast their votes. For the past four months, I have worked as part of a multi-faith coalition committed to protecting the Affordable Care Act from repeal. Friday was a victory for all who have benefitted from the enormous progresses that have been made by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and for the many people who have been working hard to ensure that as many people...

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Budget

Over the past few weeks, the weekly parsha, Torah portion, has covered the building of the mishkan, the tabernacle. Parashat T’rumah begins this series of parshiot and details God’s instructions for how the Israelites are to build the sanctuary so that God “may dwell among them.” One of the primary goals of the construction is for the Israelites to connect to God through communal building of holy space.

Debates over the federal government’s budget are in full swing, with President Trump’s proposal released last Thursday. The budget serves in many ways as a covenant between the...

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Handwritten sign reading DISABILITY RIGHTS ARE CIVIL RIGHTS

Discussions about health care are consuming Washington, D.C. as lawmakers have introduced major legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and implement a new proposal, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would make drastic changes to health care coverage. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, 14 million more people would be ininsured by 2018 if the AHCA replaced the ACA, a number that would increase to 24 million by 2026. The AHCA would fundamentally restructure Medicaid, transforming it from an open-ended entitlement program to a per-capita cap system....

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Disability Rights are Civil Rights

Discussions about health care are consuming Washington, D.C. as lawmakers have introduced major legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and implement a new proposal, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), that would make drastic changes to health care coverage. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, 14 million more people would be ininsured by 2018 if the AHCA replaced the ACA, a number that would increase to 24 million by 2026. The AHCA would fundamentally restructure Medicaid, transforming it from an open-ended entitlement program to a per-capita cap system....

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