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Every year on June 20, we honor the resilience and courage of refugees and celebrate their contributions to our communities and to our entire nation.

Elizabeth Leff
Woman speaking with megaphone in front of sign that reads Women of Faith Cry Out for Immigrant Children

In May 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government would adopt a zero-tolerance policy for unauthorized border crossings, officially instituting practices that separate children from their families. This policy applies to all border crossings, even to those people seeking asylum. As a Movement, we are heartbroken and horrified.

Black and white image of a Torah

This post is adapted from a sermon by Rabbi Bearman on Friday, June 15 at Temple B'nai Chaim. 

Rabbi Rachel Bearman
Out of focus image of a jail cell

On Monday, June 18, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, on behalf of the entire Reform Jewish Movement, 

Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

Pray for the children
The ones who were taken away
And pray for the leaders
Whose moral compasses have gone astray 

Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Rabbi Lucy Dinner on stage at the Poor People's Campaign on the National Mall

This post is adapted from remarks offered by Rabbi Lucy Dinner at the Poor People's Campaign day of action in D.C. on Monday, June 11.

Rabbi Lucy Dinner
Families Belong Together sign (in spanish)

"As Jews, we understand the plight of being an immigrant fleeing violence and oppression.

I recently met a woman active in the Jewish community here in Cleveland. We shared stories about our lives and how we got involved in Jewish engagement.

Rabbi Joshua Caruso
Rabbi Aaron Panken offering a closing prayer at Temple Mishkan Israel in Selma
Delivered on Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Austin, TX
 
Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

As the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival—a campaign to raise up the enduring and intersecting web of issues that sustain d

Noah Fitzgerel