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Picture of Congregation B'nai Jeshurun from the 1950s, when it was located in Newark, NJ

Now that Roth is dead, the American Jewish community, by virtue of the adjective “American,” can do what it always does: remake him in our image. Which is rather a shame.

Rabbi Neal Gold
The author working at a childcare center in Israel

These days, I spend my time working with a group of people who have tasted the bitterness of slavery, torture, and hardship, and who long for freedom, the African asylum-seeking community in Israel.

Julie Fisher
Rabbi Jonah Pesner wearing a Jews 4 Dreamers sign while being arrested by Capitol Police

We instill in our souls that the Exodus is not simply about freedom from bondage; our master story culminates with the agency to enter into a covenantal community in which all people are bound to one another.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Farm workers harvesting in the field

Recently, members of my temple demonstrated at a Wendy’s, urging the company to join the Fair Food Program to ensure living wages and safe conditions for farm workers.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
Two individuals holding a large banner sign that reads REFUGEES WELCOME

Saturday marked a year since this ban was introduced, the first in a series of three discriminatory travel bans targeting the rights of people from Muslim-majority countries to enter the U.S.

Elizabeth Leff
Lines of Jewish marchers on their way to the US Capitol

DREAMers built this movement, we are honored to support it, and we are inspired by those immigrant activists who speak out for their right to stay in the only home they have known. 

Liz Cohen
120 clergy and activists sitting on the floor of a Senate office building while Capitol police look on

There is no time to waste. Every day that passes, about 122 more Dreamers lose their status and protection.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Black and white photograph of a Jewish family in Jedrzejow Poland, circa 1900

Jews were "undesirable" and "filthy," said a report submitted to the House Committee on Immigration in 1924, written by the director of the United Stated Consular Service.

Ben Sales (JTA)
US Capitol building aerial view at twilight

The great Jewish philosopher Rambam taught that the law as a whole aims to defend two things: the welfare of the soul and the welfare of the body.

Allison Grossman
Statue of Liberty against a cloudy blue sky

We are convinced that our tradition calls upon us to support immigration policy that is compassionate and fair.

Rabbi Fred Guttman and Dr. Karen Spira

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