JRF urges our member communities to help make Global Days for Darfur a huge success: April 23rd to 30th read more »
The Sudanese government-sponsored genocide in Darfur has already claimed up to 400,000 lives, displaced 2.5 million people and left more than 3.5 million men, women and children struggling to survive amid violence and starvation. The global community must act!
Do not stand idly by while your neighbor's blood is being shed. —Leviticus 19:16
What is at stake is our own humanity. —Elie Wiesel
Whoever can prevent any person throughout the world from committing a sin but does not, is responsible for that person's sin. —Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 54b
The Jewish Reconstructionist Federation is participating in the Save Darfur Coalition effort to stop the atrocities and impoverishment in the Darfur region of Sudan.
African, Arab, European and U.N. leaders agreed in principle Thursday, Nov. 16 to a joint African Union and United Nations peacekeeping force for Sudan's Darfur region.
The force could be as large as 27,000-strong, including the existing 7,000-member African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, but the leaders did not lay out a timetable for the force to begin work partly because Sudan had some reservations.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said additional personnel could include as many as 17,000 soldiers and 3,000 police officers.
"The next step is for the U.N. and AU to call a meeting of the non-signatories (of the Darfur Peace Agreement) ... and the government of Sudan. It should take place in the next couple of weeks to resolve outstanding issues by the end of the year," said Annan.
RRC students were quoted in a VOANews.com article following the September 17, 2006 rally:
On Saturday night, April 29, 2006, we had over 100 people at the 6th and I Street synagogues, where Rabbis Brant Rosen and Steve Gutow (who continued his inspirational words on Sunday) spoke passionately and eloquently about the situation. Dr. Carl Sheingold and John Riehl gave greetings on behalf of JRF, and we engaged in prayer and text study led by Rabbis Shawn Zevit, Micah Becker-Klein, Liz Bolton, Leila Berner, and Jason Klein.
On Sunday April 30, members of the JRF board and staff, RRC students and more than 25 JRF congregations sent rabbis and members to the rally. More details are in these news articles:
We were aware of the presence of the following JRF congregations at various rallies:
Adat Shalom, Bethesda, MD
Ahavas Achim, Keene, NH
Am Haskalah, Allentown, PA
Beit Tikvah, Baltimore, MD
Beit Hatikvah, Chatham, NJ
Bet Am Shalom, White Plain, NY
Bnai Keshet, Montclair, NJ
Chapel Hill Kehillah, NC
Columbia Jewish Congregation, MD
Dorshei Derekh, Philadelphia, PA
Hillel Bnai Torah, MA
Houston Reconstructionist Havurah, TX
JCA, Amherst, MA
JRC, Evanston, IL
Kol Ami, VA
Kol HaLev, Cleveland, OH
Kol Tzedek, Philadelphia, PA
Lev Ha-Ir, Philadelphia, PA
Mishkan Ha'am, NY
Mishkan Shalom, PA
Oseh Shalom, MD
RRC, Philadelphia, PA
RSNS, Plandome, NY
Shir Hadash, Northbrook, IL
Society for the Advancement of Judaism, New York, NY
Valley Outreach Synagogue, Las Vegas
West End Synagogue, New York, NY