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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
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)
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
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
Hand holding puzzle piece with question mark on it

As we stand on the brink of Passover, a holiday of questions, we must ask how we can make room at our sederim for everyone.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
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
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
State of liberty against the sunset

Even in the face of obstacles, we are obligated – both because we accepted God’s commandment to welcome the stranger and because we faced challenges on our journey to the Promised Land – to continue fighting to welcome the stranger.

Shelby Friedman

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