Fighting for Church-State Separation in the Military with Mikey Weinstein of MRFF

Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, founder and executive director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), discusses the organization’s work protecting the constitutional right to religious freedom for all members of the United States Armed Forces. A 1977 Honor Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Mikey was named one of the 50 most influential Jews in America by the Forward Jewish newspaper and was honored by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice with the...
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Understanding Fulton v. Philadelphia with Nick Little of Center for Inquiry

The Supreme Court will soon issue a decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case which will have major implications for the separation of church and state. The question at hand? Whether the City of Philadelphia can stop funding a private, faith-based foster care agency that won’t adopt out to same-sex couples, in violation of the City’s nondiscrimination regulations. Another case working its way to the Court is Maddonna v. Dept. of Health and...
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First Amendment State of the States: 2020 Report with Alison Gill

Alison Gill, Vice President of Legal and Policy at American Atheists, walks us through the new report on state-level religious freedom challenges and the concerns for all Americans who support separation of church and state, including those in the Jewish community. In conversation with Jews for a Secular Democracy’s Sarah Levin, with Q&A from webinar attendees.

Protecting Reproductive Rights: What is the Jewish Communal Role?

Learn how close the religious right is from overturning women’s hard-won freedoms and how we can advocate, as Jews, for bodily autonomy. A conversation and Q&A with representatives from two outstanding organizations on the frontline of this battle: Shannon Russell serves as the National Council of Jewish Women’s (NCJW) Legislative Counsel, leading federal advocacy efforts surrounding the priority issue of reproductive health, rights, and justice. Scott Ruskay-Kidd serves as Senior Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy...
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The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and What Her Loss Means in This Moment

What did Ruth Bader Ginsburg mean for America in general and for American Jews in particular? And what does her loss mean for us today, moving forward, against the backdrop of a rising Christian nationalism? Come meet two remarkable authors to discuss RBG’s legacy and learn how her Jewish identity influenced her sense of justice, why she championed the related causes of gender equality and separation of church and state, and what we might be...
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Jewish and Religiously Unaffiliated Voters

Juhem Navarro-Rivera, a political scientist, research consultant, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Humanist Studies provides a fascinating, data-driven presentation that explains how Jewish and religiously-unaffiliated voters have cast their ballots historically and where they are leaning for the upcoming elections.

America’s Contribution to Jewish Identity, Humanism and Liberalism with Kenneth Wald

Presented by the Gainesville Humanistic Judaism Community and co-sponsored by the Society for Humanistic Judaism’s social justice initiative Jews for a Secular Democracy, Kenneth D. Wald, winner of the 2019 National Jewish Book Award, addresses what is special about American culture and governance that facilitated the development of Humanistic Judaism, enabled the political liberalism of American Jews, and preserved multiple forms of Jewish identity.

Immigrants and Refugees: Fighting for Rights from a Jewish Perspective

Eddie Chavez Calderon, Campaign Manager for Arizona Jews for Justice, shares his work and life experience in explaining the unique role the Jewish community can play in standing up for the rights of immigrants and refugees in the face of increasing hostility. Learn how can we make a difference! With Lincoln Dow and Paul Golin of Jews for a Secular Democracy. Recorded live via webinar. AZ Jews for Justice – Uri L’ Tzedek: Orthodox...
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Getting Out and Protecting The Vote with Ali Lozano

Ali Lozano, Voting Rights Outreach Coordinator for the Texas Civil Rights Project, provides a fascinating and detailed overview about defending our right to vote, countering voter suppression efforts, and mobilizing disenfranchised voters to participate in our democracy. Learn about the latest threats to voting rights in Texas and throughout the U.S. and how we can defend our electoral process. Together with Jews for a Secular Democracy’s Lincoln Dow and Paul Golin.

Successfully Engaging in Interfaith Spaces with Tahil Sharma

How can we engage with likeminded people of all religions and none, to bring about the positive changes we want to see in the world? Tahil Sharma is an interfaith activist based in Los Angeles who was born to a Hindu father and a Sikh mother who works as the North American Coordinator for the United Religions Initiative, the world’s largest, grassroots interfaith network.

Communicating Your Jewish and American Values

How to Craft Persuasive Messages About Keeping Religion Out of Government. Seasoned media-relations strategist Michael Shulansky joins Sarah Levin of Jews for a Secular Democracy for a conversation and training on best-practices to bring our values to messaging about the issues we care about. Tactics like writing letters to the editor and op-eds, running educational campaigns on social media, building relationships with and getting covered in state and local press, and staying “on-message” as we...
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How to Make Change: Advocacy 101 with Morgan Carroll

Morgan Carroll, Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, former state lawmaker, and author of “Take Back Your Government: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Your Government Work for You,” provides an understanding of how government works, how to influence lawmakers and their staff, how to build coalitions with allied organizations, and how to plan an effective advocacy campaign. Sarah Levin provides an overview of the Jews for a Secular Democracy initiative and volunteer program.

Jews and Church-State Separation: The Issues, Why We Care, and What To Do About It

The religious freedoms provided by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution has empowered Jews and other religious minorities to thrive. However, in the last several decades, we’ve seen religious fundamentalists turn the clock back on hard-won gains made for LGBTQ+ equality, reproductive justice, environmental protection, women’s rights, and other issues our community cares deeply about. Join the organizers of a new initiative, Jews for a Secular Democracy, to discuss how these issues directly relate...
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Secular Arizona Elected Officials Town Hall

Senator Juan Mendez, Rep. Athena Salman, Osborn School Board Member Katie Paetz, and Sierra Vista Councilmember Carolyn Umphrey share how they are serving Arizonans in a time of crisis and great need in our communities. Moderated by Sarah Levin of the Center for Freethought Equality and Jews for a Secular Democracy, also co-sponsored by Secular AZ, Arizona Faith Network, and AZ Jews for Justice.

Church-State Separation During Crisis: A Town Hall with NY Assembly Member Harvey Epstein

Jews for a Secular Democracy hosted a virtual town hall with New York Assembly Member Harvey Epstein! Assembly Member Epstein (D) represents Assembly District 74, the East Side of Manhattan. We touch on the potentially challenging ways government and religion interface; what’s going on in New York City, the state, and the country in general during the Coronavirus pandemic; how Jewish identity informs doing good in the world; and much more. Jews for a Secular...
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Science, Government, and Religious Communities: What Are Their Roles During a Pandemic?

Join Jews for a Secular Democracy for a fascinating and timely discussion about the interrelated roles of science, government, and religious communities in the midst of a pandemic. This discussion features: Dr. Paul Offit, Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; and Ian Sherman,...
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Secular Education in America: An Increasing Urgency

In the age of Coronavirus, it’s never been more obvious than right now how important an understanding of science is, both to policy decision-making and to the very way we live our lives as individuals. Yet too many children in America lack a basic education in secular subjects like science, despite it being mandated by law! Join Naftuli Moster, Executive Director of YAFFED: Young Advocates for Fair Education, to discuss the current efforts underway to...
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