Voter Registration at the J

Friday, August 10, 2018
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran, Director, Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living & Learning

People RegisteringThere is a debate in the Talmud over how to interpret a particular phrase in the Book of Psalms. “Rabbi Judah HaNasi and the sages differed in this matter. One said [the phrase should be interpreted as], ‘The character of the generation is determined by its leader.’ And one said [the phrase should be interpreted as], ‘The character of the leader is determined by its generation’” (Arachin 17a).

Although the debate is not definitively concluded, its implications are worth noting—a nation and its leaders are inextricably linked, and each has a role and responsibility in shaping the other. 

This November, the entire House of Representatives as well as one third of the Senate will be up for re-election. And yet, according to the University of Texas at Austin’s 2018 Texas Civic Health Index, our home state is ranked 44th for voter registration and 47th for voter turnout. Regardless of political views, the J would like to help ensure that all eligible members of our community are registered to vote for its next leaders. To that end, we are excited to announce that at several upcoming events we will be providing a table for voter registration. 

Look for this table at:

Pirkei Avot teaches: Do not separate yourself from the community. The voter registration deadline for the midterm elections is October 9. We hope you will join us in this nonpartisan initiative to register voters in our community. See you at the polls! 

Find out your voter registration status.  

For questions or more information, please contact Sylvia Dauber at


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