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Asylum-seeking woman preparing coffee for a coffee ceremony

Visiting Kuchinate, I experienced overwhelming kindness from the women, Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers who had escaped horrible torture and persecution in Africa.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Person washing hands at a hospital/surgical sink

On a recent visit to Israel, I witnessed extraordinary acts of human kindness at a hospital near the Syrian border.

Rabbi Robert Orkand
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
Restaurant owner talking to the blog post author and another man (Rabbi Aaron Panken, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion)

Today, young people tell us their camps, youth movements, and schools buried the story of Israel and the West Bank. What should education on this topic look like?

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Silhouette of family members holding hands in front of a chain link fence

Our congregation has tried to live up to the Torah’s challenge, reaching out to refugee neighbors who come from cultures and communities very different from our own.

Rabbi Daniel Kirzane
Protesters holding signs that read ONE WORLD ONE FAMILY and REFUGEES WELCOME NO ONE IS ILLEGAL

False perceptions of refugees mask the reality: Refugees want to start a new life in a place where they feel safe. Most of them want the same things out of life that we want: to be safe, healthy,http://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday and happy.

Lee Wilson
Two little girls holding hands in a Syrian refugee camp

One writer reflects on World Refugee Day through the lens of sacred Jewish texts.

Stacey Zisook Robinson
British police officers on the street

Just back from a 10-day State Department trip on countering violent extremism, it provided insights to help me process and confront such all-too-frequent tragedies.

Rabbi Sarah Bassin
Two Syrian refugee sisters reuniting at the airport in Chicago

Two Syrian refugee sisters were reunited in Chicago last week. Now they stand on the brink of a new life in a new Land of Promise.

Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein
Statue of Liberty against blue sky

To the perpetrators of these attacks, let me speak to you as I would want a brother to speak to me if I did these kinds of things: "What on earth do you think you're doing?!!"

Rabbi David Wirtschafter

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