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Following in the tradition of Abraham, who heeded God’s call in Parshat Lech Lecha, 275 diverse Jewish communities in 33 states across North America responded to the urgency of the global

Talia Kaplan

Rabbi Ben Zeidman is the rabbi at Temple Mount Sinai in El Paso, Texas.

Rabbi Ben Zeidman
Photo: Bill Swersey/HIAS

This post is adapted from a report written for the Reform Movement's Commission on Social Action. Photo: Bill Swersey/HIAS.

Alec Harris
Sign reading "Love Thy Neighbor" held up against a blurred green background, at a protest

This Jewish delegation to San Diego and Tijuana is more than just a visit; it is a moral imperative. It represents the next step in the Reform Movement’s commitment to awaken the Jewish community to the plight of our immigrant neighbors and urge American leadership to enact just and compassionate immigration policies.

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It is no secret that social action is a central maxim of Judaism.

Jacob Gurvis

As the entire Reform Movement grapples with the horrendous news reports of families forcibly separated at the US border, we have been heartened by the commitment of our congregations along the US-M

Photo from the US-Mexico border in Laredo, TX

In this week’s parasha, Matot-Masei, we learn that Moses kept a journal of the goings forth of the Israelites as t

Rabbi Dena Feingold and Abigail Backer

But this is America. This is the same America that took the children of enslaved African Americans and sold them, often as a means of punishment or as a way to control the behavior of those who resisted the system.  This is the same America that took First American children from their parents and placed them in boarding schools and stripped them of their native language and culture. This is the same America that placed Japanese American children in cages during World War II. And this America is now taking brown babies and children from South America and Central America from their parents.  Diminishing the humanity and dignity of people of color is very American, and children are not exempt from these cruel acts of racism. This is America! This is us!

Rev. Aundreia Alexander
Image of a globe, zoomed in on the United States

This post is adapted from a sermon given at Temple Sinai in Washington, DC on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Rabbi Fred N. Reiner