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Civic Engagement

Judea Reform Congregation maintains a strong commitment to civic engagement and voting, as a civic and Jewish value of our congregation. 

We recall the prophet Jeremiah who wrote during the exile to Babylonia that we are to engage deeply in the communities where we find ourselves. We are committed to sacred & civil dialogue, voting rights, and we believe that democracy is strongest when everyone participates.

Important Voter Information in May 2022

One-Stop Early Voting: April 28th- May 14th, 2022

Election Day: May 17, 2022

 

Local School Board Elections and Primaries for City, County, State and Federal Offices

As you prepare to cast your vote in the upcoming May elections and primaries, please be aware that the critical School Board races in Durham and Orange Counties are final elections.  During these deeply partisan and contentious times, the philosophy of the school board members can have a significant impact on decisions made with respect to public health, literature and curriculum.

Although the school board races in Durham and Orange Counties are officially nonpartisan and the affiliation of each candidate will not appear on the ballot, the party affiliation of school board members is a matter of public record and can be accessed here.  Even if you don’t have children in school, school board policies impact the education of our future generation and are important for our community, so please vote your full ballot.

For ALL races on your ballot, the nonpartisan League of Women Voters site Vote411.org is a great resource for candidate information.

 Early Voting and Same Day Registration

One-Stop Early Voting for local School Board, and for Primary County and Federal Office begins April 28  and ends on May 14. Election Day is on May 17. If you are not registered, or have moved, you can register and vote during One-Stop Early Voting in the county where you now live. You can also address any issues with your voter registration at that time. Look up your Early Voting Locations here

Durham residents:  Stand in solidarity with our African American neighbors and take the pledge to Vote Early at the North Carolina Central University’s Turner Law School (NCCU-TLS) - Pledge Here! By voting early at Durham’s HBCU (Historically Black Colleges andUniversities) you will help to keep this accessible East Durham polling site open for future elections. NCCU law school is located at  640 Nelson St, Durham, NC 27707 and is easy to access, has free parking and efficient and friendly curbside voting. Curbside voting is also available this May, here is the link for the Early Voting schedule for all the sites in Durham (at this link). 

Volunteer To Protect Our Democracy and the right to vote

  • Becoming a Vote Protector, Election Advocate or Hotline Helper with nonpartisan Democracy NC (Click Here)
  • Registering and Educating Voters with nonpartisan You Can Vote. (Click Here) 

How to connect

Join Judea Reform’s Civic Engagement team by emailing socialaction@judeareform.org with civic engagement in the subject line.

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JRC Ongoing Civic Engagement Initiatives

Voter Engagement

Every Voice, Every Vote. We join in the efforts of the Religious Action Coalition of the URJ for great opportunities small and large to become involved in making sure votes can be made and counted!

Teen Activism

L’Taken Advocacy. The Union for Reform Judaism invites all Jewish high school students to join L’Taken. We know that even during a pandemic— and especially during a pandemic—teens can be at the forefront making change. 

How to connect

Join us in our civic engagement efforts emailing socialaction@judeareform.org with civic engagement in the subject line. Stay up to date with the Religious Action Center of the URJ.

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