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Reform rabbis join NAACP march from Selma to Washington

(JTA) – More than 150 Reform Jewish rabbis are marching with the NAACP from the Deep South to the U.S. capital to promote social justice. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis are participating in the NAACP’s Journey for Justice, an 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, D.C. The 40-day march, which started August 1 in Selma and ends Sept. 15, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Organizers from the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, said they aim to bring attention to issues like economic inequality, education reform, criminal justice reform and voting rights in each of the five states they visit on the march. Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center, the Union for Reform Judaism’s Washington, D.C. office, said in a statement, “Acting in accordance with our values as a Movement and a people, these clergy and lay leaders are called upon to live our Jewish values by marching with our historic partner to protect the rights of all citizens.”

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