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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.
Photo: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Rabbi Billy Dreskin is a rabbi at Woodlands Community Temple, a Reform Jewish congregation in Greenburgh, New York.
This post is adapted from a sermon given on February 9, 2018 at Temple Beth El in San Pedro, CA.
Since August 2017, nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled violence and ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine State, a region on the western border of Burma.
It’s easy to be afraid of the stranger.
In fact, it’s perfectly natural.
As a high school student in Washington, DC, I have heard firsthand accounts from my peers of how anti-refugee sentiment has affected them and their families.
As the global refugee crisis escalated, fear and misunderstanding of who refugees are inhibited refugee resettlement in the United States.
The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.