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Wooden door painted with an American flag with a large lock on it

We write to you on behalf of an Iranian asylum seeker by the name of Vashti. The circumstances under which she has become a “displaced person” are as follows.

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
Dripping spray paint heart on a concrete wall

As I listen with horror to everything that's happening to Jewish community centers and day schools in North America, I'm reminded of the questions North American Jews ask when they hear about Reform synagogues being vandalized in Israel: Are you OK?

Disembodied hand holding a sign that says DO JUSTICE LOVE MERCY MARCH PROUDLY

After doing half an hour of work – during which time I received a few more calls to action through email, Facebook, and Twitter – I asked myself: Why don’t I think I’m the kind of person who would show up? Who is?

Marissa Solomon
Immigration ban protest signs

Now is not the time to be discouraged. Instead, it is a moment to stand up for what we believe in. Take action today.

Max Antman
Closeup of an ornate white and gold Quran with blue prayer beads lying on top

A Jewish teacher in an Islamic school, I shared a message from the local Jewish community. “We stand side by side with our Muslim brothers and sisters."

David Stanley
Collage of headshots of the 10 Jewish men serving in the new Trump administration

Here is a look at the president's Jewish advisers who will be helping to shape U.S. policy for the next four years.

Josefin Dolsten (JTA)
A new exhibit at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum allows visitors to video chat with refugees

Omar is in his late 20s. He's participating in an exhibition at the museum, "Genocide: The Threat Continues," and we're conversing, face to face, via video chat. I'm in D.C. and he's at the cafe in Germany's capital.

Ron Kampeas (JTA)
Back of a womans head as she gazes at the Washington Monument

God Who Blessed our Mothers, we ask Your blessing now on women and men, parents and grandparents, children, and grandchildren as they prepare for tomorrow’s March for Women’s Rights in Washington.

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
The White House on a sunny day

The Torah teaches us that we must pray for the wisdom of our leaders and the quality of government, no matter our feelings toward specific politicians. Extraordinary times require extraordinary prayers.

Alden Solovy
Swastika spraypainted on Reform seminary sign

Yesterday, someone drew a swastika on the sign-box outside of Klau Library on the Cincinnati campus of the Reform seminary. I am outraged and sickened and saddened. But I am not speechless.

Stacey Zisook Robinson


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