Advocacy Alerts



These Advocacy Alerts will guide you in easy steps to allow your voices to be heard and work for systemic change from the comfort of your own home.



Action Alert:  Louisianians for Prison Alternatives is holding a rally for incarceration reform on April 20 at the Capitol in Baton Rouge.  Click HERE for more information and to RSVP!

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art  presents States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories,  the first national traveling multi-media exhibition and coordinated public dialogue to explore the history and future of mass incarceration in the United States. On view Thursday, April 6 – Sunday, May 1, 2017 .  For more information see .

Touro is offering two options to view the exhibit as a congregation:

On Thursday, April 20, meet up with Lisa Keleher and other Touro members at the Ogden Museum at 3:30 pm to view the exhibition.  Admission is free for Louisiana residents on Thursdays, so bring your driver’s license. We’ll view the exhibit and then grab a cup of coffee across the street at the Cafe at the CAC.  Contact Lisa Keleher to RSVP or for more information at 504-296-5472 or

Alternatively, on Sunday, April 16 meet with Julie Silbert, Ellen Balkin and other Touro members at 2 pm at the Ogden Museum to view the exhibition.  Ellen is the Ogden Museum Education Manager and will provide commentary on the background and development of the exhibition.  Contact Julie Silbert to RSVP or for more information at or Ellen Balkin at

Global Refugee Crisis – ONGOING

Heeding Rabbi Berk’s Rosh Hashana call to action on the global refugee crisis, make your voice heard with HIAS now.

Join thousands of American Jews in calling on the government to keep the gates of the United States open to refugees. Sign the petition at !

Click HERE for information about volunteer opportunities, donations, and more.

The URJ Religious Action Center

The URJ Religious Action Center (RAC) Resource Center is intended to help keep Reform Jews informed about issues that matter most to our Movement and empower our action.

The URJ will update this information on-going so be sure to visit the site frequently.

Visit the Urgency of Now Resource Center

Israeli Religious Action Center

The public and legal advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel, IRAC was founded in 1987 with the goals of advancing pluralism in Israeli society and defending the freedoms of conscience, faith, and religion. Today IRAC is the preeminent civil and human rights organization in Israel focusing on the issues of religion and state and is the leading Jewish organization that advocates on behalf of a broadly inclusive Israeli democracy, infusing social justice advocacy with the spiritual energy and humane worldview of Progressive Judaism.

Israel Fires – ONGOING

Jewish National Fund is on the ground today and every day building a stronger, healthier, more secure Israel.  In the wake of the worst fires in Israel’s history, JNF is addressing the immediate and long-term needs of the land and people of Israel. They are raising money for intensive regeneration of forest areas destroyed by fires, critically needed fire trucks, emergency response vehicles and equipment, and are working with many partners in Israel to help those impacted by the fires. To date they have raised $6 million and bought 23 trucks. Help the JNF get to 10 million before the start of the new year. Click HERE to donate now!

Louisiana Flood Relief – ONGOING

Click HERE for more information on how you can assist the Louisiana flood victims.

Smart on Crime

Members of the congregation met with Michael Cowan of Common Good, who provided education about the “Smart on Crime” initiative aimed toward reducing incarceration numbers. He informed the group of pending legislation on sentencing reform, re-entry programs and related criminal justice issues. Be on the lookout for information in future Touro communications on how you can help advocate for these reforms. For more information about the “Smart on Crime” initiative please visit


Together, we can make a difference. In addition to the advocacy alerts above, you can sign up to get direct alerts about issues closest to your heart and mind. Below are a list of websites that correspond with Touro initiatives and where you can sign up to receive direct advocacy alerts.

Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Everytown for Gun Safety

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Forum For Equality

For general alerts on a broad array of issues affecting civil liberties:

ACLU of Louisiana

For information on local criminal justice issues: