The recent surge in xenophobic policies and anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S. raises alarm because we Jews remember what it’s like to be unwelcome on America’s shores.
Talia Kaplan (she/her) was a 2018-2019 Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Talia graduated with high honors in Government from Wesleyan University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, completed certificates in Jewish & Israel Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, and wrote a thesis on experiential Israel education and attitude formation. Outside of the classroom, Talia co-created a new leadership structure for the Wesleyan Jewish community; developed a campus interfaith network; taught Hebrew school; and interned with T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, Juvenile Law Center, and Leo Baeck Education Center. Talia’s legislative portfolio includes immigration, refugees, human trafficking, civil liberties, and campaign finance reform. She will be working alongside RAC-TX on their legislative priorities.
Together, these pieces of legislation would offer a path to citizenship for approximately 2.5 million people.
Throughout history, Jews have experienced the bitterness of slavery and the sweetness of freedom. Yet too often, we only think about issues of slavery around Passover.
Remember the feeling you had when you got on an airplane alone to study abroad, or when you packed up everything you owned and moved to a new city?