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Welcoming Katie Reiter, Our New National Coordinator

Katie Reiter grew up at the Birmingham Temple, now known as the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. She studied under Rabbi Sherwin Wine and feels strongly connected to and appreciative of the teachings of Rabbi Wine and Humanistic Judaism. Accordingly, she has spent her life advocating for her community and fighting for human rights. For over 20 years, Katie juggled raising three children with running a successful health management consulting business and being a volunteer community activist. Eventually, Katie opened Our...
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“Religion Clause” – A Great Resource on Church-State Separation

Howard M. Friedman, Distinguished University Professor and Professor Of Law Emeritus at the University of Toledo, writes regularly on issues of church-state separation on his Religion Clause blog, named on of the 100 favorite blogs of the American Bar Association. We asked Professor Friedman to tell us about his approach and how his Jewish identity in particular informs his work. He was kind enough to reply with the following: I welcome you to Religion Clause, a blog whose title refers...
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Tales from the Michigan Recount: Election Deniers’ Lack of Education Cost Taxpayers Over a Million Dollars

As a social justice organizer, I like to be proactive. However, sometimes it’s necessary to be reactive. Michigan’s recent statewide partial recount of Propositions 2 and 3 was one of those times. Proposition 2 (Promote the Vote) and Proposition 3 (Reproductive Freedom For All) passed by overwhelming margins. A statewide partial recount was nevertheless requested by a Bloomfield Hills man on behalf of the Election Integrity Force (EIF). Michigan law has very different guidelines for candidate recounts and proposal recounts....
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Are Jews Still Protected By Religious Freedom?

Presented by Jews for a Secular Democracy staff and volunteers, we discussed the historic and moral imperatives for our work. We also provided an update on what JFASD has accomplished this year and addressed ongoing issues related to the separation of government and religion as we seek to galvanize the Jewish community to combat the rising threat of white Christian nationalism.

JFASD Podcast Ep #10—Messaging for Change

How can we best articulate our support for important issues such as church-state separation –and amplify it to more people through op-ed writing and social media platforms? Learn from Carol Robidoux, a multimedia journalist experienced in web content management; RosemarieRung, who had a 25+ year career in corporate communications; and Rick Gold, Florida Jews for a Secular Democracy Coordinator with experience working for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Moderated by Nicole Klein Knight, National Coordinator of Jews for a...
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Michigan 2022 Ballot Proposals: Deep Dive and Relational Organizing Training with Nomi Joyrich

On September 29, 2022, Nomi Joyrich, Michigan Director of Jews for a Secular Democracy, offered volunteers a deeper understanding of statewide ballot proposals and equipped them to answer all their friends’ and neighbors’ questions. Relational Organizing is the most effective way to get out the vote and create change. Learn this structured approach and help get out the vote.

History of Christian Nationalism Christian Nationalism Ascendant—A Rabbi Offers a Deep Dive On Its History and Our Concerns

Rabbi Jeffrey Falick of the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Metro Detroit (https://www.chj-detroit.org/) delivers a deeply researched and damning history of a movement that seeks religious theocracy in America, and is succeeding in many terrifying ways. Beyond the general concern for all religious minorities and non-religious people, he also explains how anti-Semitism is very much at the root of the movement, despite cynical uses of the phrase “Judeo-Christian.” If you’re just beginning to hear and understand the phrase “Christian Nationalism,”...
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Freedom From Religion in the Classroom

Christian Nationalists are seeking to put their understanding of God “back into the classroom” and the Supreme Court may help them. How real is the threat and what can we do about it? A distinguished panel discussed the issues related to education and religious freedom. With Cheryl Blau of Farmington MI Board of Education, Richard Katskee of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Daniel Mach of the American Civil Liberties Union. Moderated by Paul Golin of the...
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