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

Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Families Belong Together sign (in spanish)

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

Families Belong Together

On Thursday, May 31st, Rabbi Mara Nathan offered the following prayer at the San Antonio, Texas #WhereAreTheChildren rally, in response to

Rabbi Mara Nathan
Rabbi Epstein headshot

Here in Austin, Texas, issues of immigration often take center stage in our everyday lives.  Austin is known as a “Sanctuary City” – a label given to cities that prioritize local law enforcement ov

Rabbi Rebecca Epstein
Jewish clergy stage a sit-in in Rep. Lance's office

This week, I reflected deeply on these verses and this portion’s emphasis on establishing a just society. I participated in a rally at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office to support the passage of the Dream Act.. DREAMers are people who were brought to the United States as children and until the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA was established 6 years ago, they were not able to work, go to college or get driver’s licenses. This policy helped them pursue their dreams and contribute to our society. As we know, DACA is set to expire on March 5. This means that these DREAMers may be deported.

Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz
Photo courtesy of Michael Brochstein of Split Stone Media.

When the world is changing quickly, unpredictably, in new and confusing ways, it seems to be human nature for us to look for ways to try and slow down that change or control it. Or, failing that, we look for someone to blame.

Some in our great nation, in this "VUCA" world, are falling back on the oldest scapegoat in the world, in a desperate move to try to slow the rate of confusing change. They want us to blame 200,000 El Salvadorians who fled earthquakes and gang violence 16 years ago. They want us to blame the 800,000 "DREAMers"-- young people who were brought to this country as children by their parents. They want us to blame the 11 million undocumented residents of this nation who live in the shadows, all while working hard, raising American children, contributing greatly to our nation and, oh, by the way, committing crimes at a much lower rate than native-born American citizens.

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher
120+ Jewish activists protest Congressional inaction on the Dream Act

On Wednesday, January 17, leaders representing the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism joined Bend the Arc Jewish Action, the Anti-Defamation League, T'ruah and other Jewish organizations

Liz Cohen