Today is August 10, 2022 -
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On June 26th, we gathered with Reform clergy and congregations across Los Angeles at Leo Baeck Temple in prayer, solidarity and resolve in light of the Dobbs v Jackson decision.
In June, for the first time in history, our nation’s highest court took away our rights. The overturning of Roe v. Wade represents an overwhelming loss, a horrific betrayal, and a violation of bodily autonomy – and as Jews, whose religion permits and even requires abortion in specific circumstances, the Supreme Court has directly attacked our First Amendment rights to freedom of religion.
The impact of the Supreme Court’s recent decision will be wide and devastating, affecting the lives of women and those in need of reproductive care in the United States. It will be especially catastrophic – in fact, deadly in many cases – for low-income women of color… another reason why our Jewish tradition demands our resistance.
While we live in California, a state that is working tirelessly to preserve the right to safe and accessible abortions, today’s ruling threatens the future of reproductive and women’s rights in so many places across our country. It also gravely endangers the rights of others enshrined in precedents that could now be undone.
Leo Baeck Temple has formed a Reproductive Justice Action Team to respond to the urgency of this moment. If you wish to join or are interested in receiving updates on the organizing, advocacy, education and direct access efforts that lie ahead – Please sign up HERE
Rabbi Ken Chasen
Rabbi Lisa Berney
Rabbi Scott Goldberg
Cantor Sara Hass
Abigail Goldberg Spiegel, Executive Director