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Thoughts from volunteer leaders and supporters of Jews for a Secular Democracy. If you have something to share, please be in touch, we would welcome your contributions to the blog!

UPCOMING: Florida’s Fight 4 Repro Rights!

Register now for “Fighting 4 Religious Freedom: Florida’s Fight 4 Repro Rights!” – a 1-hour free webinar focused on the intersection of religious freedom, reproductive rights and Amendment 4 in Florida. Moderated by Denise Lettau JD, of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Broward County, this important event features panelists Florida State Representative Anna Eskamani, ​Laura Rodriguez from NCJW/Greater Miami, and Lauren Brenzel, Campaign Director of Floridians Protecting Freedom. As part of our “Jewish Women and Religious Freedom In Florida”...
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Election Integrity: Ensuring Trust at the Local Level

This informative webinar helped us better understand how election officials in key battleground states are working tirelessly to uphold the integrity of our democracy. We heard from three local election officials: Oakland County (MI) Clerk/Register of Deeds Lisa Brown, Pima County (AZ) Recorder Gabriella Cázares-Kelly, and Broward County (FL) Supervisor of Elections Joe Scott. They provided an in-depth exploration of the measures in place to ensure that elections are safe, secure, and well-managed. From debunking rumors of election interference to...
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Religious Freedom Isn’t Free – Michigan Event Recap

Our first annual Michigan Jews for a Secular Democracy fundraiser on Sunday, May 9, was amazing—see photos below! We had a full house at Krishna, a vegetarian Indian restaurant. The food was delicious and the conversations even better. Our sponsors and attendees included volunteer leaders and elected officials at nearly every level of government: School Board members, city clerks and treasurers, mayors, county commissioners, a county clerk, a county treasurer, several state Representatives and state Senators, and a congresswoman. The...
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“But You Don’t Look Jewish”: Unpacking and Addressing Unconscious Bias

How can we become better advocates and allies for Jewish diversity and LGBTQ+ equality? As we fight against religious fundamentalists trying to weaponize our government to remove rights from those we love, we must first explore and address our own unconscious biases. Please join us on April 10th to learn more. As part of JFASD’s “Religious Freedom and Jewish Women in Florida” project, this enlightening workshop will delve into the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ Jews of Color, illuminating their unique narratives within...
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The Alpha, God, and Authoritarianism

By Bill Schweisheimer Many species of animals which engage in collaborative behavior in order to survive have what appears to be a pecking order of dominancy.  With some lower species with more primitive social organization that pecking order may fluctuate seemingly from moment to moment or from one occasion to the next.  With higher level species with more complex social behavior for the sake of a group’s survival that pecking order may be more enduring.  Take wolves, for example, who...
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Fighting for Religious Freedom: How to Speak to and Actually be HEARD by Your Legislators

Want to talk to your state legislators and make an impact, but don’t know where to start? Brace yourself for a whirlwind of empowerment! In this condensed and dynamic webinar, founder of Secular Strategies and Director of Strategy for JFASD, Sarah Levin, will unleash a burst of expertise on effective communication and engagement with elected state legislators. Register here to join us on March 14 at 7 pm ET. Get ready to absorb game-changing insights on navigating conversations about the...
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Christian Nationalism and the 2024 Elections

In this thought-provoking and insightful one-hour webinar, Dr. Bradley Onishi, co-host of the Straight White American Jesus podcast and author of the acclaimed book “Preparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism – And What Comes Next,” brings a wealth of knowledge, subject expertise and personal experience to the discussion. In this timely webinar, Dr. Onishi will explore the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of White Christian Nationalism, shedding light on its impact on the upcoming 2024 elections....
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Jewish Legislators Defending Religious Freedom

On Tuesday, December 19, we were joined by State Senator Dafna Michaelson-Jenet and State Representative Daniel Grossberg to discuss their experiences serving as Jewish legislators in Colorado and Kentucky, respectively. Paul Golin of JFASD interviewed them about their work combatting white Christian Nationalism and fighting for separation of church and state through a Jewish lens.  
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