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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

Photo: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Rabbi Charles K. Briskin

Rabbi Billy Dreskin is a rabbi at Woodlands Community Temple, a Reform Jewish congregation in Greenburgh, New York.

Rabbi Billy Dreskin

This post is adapted from a sermon given on February 9, 2018 at Temple Beth El in San Pedro, CA. 

Rabbi Charles K. Briskin
Rabbi David Saperstein visits a refugee camp in Bangladesh

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.

Elizabeth Leff
Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt. The word for Egypt, Mitzrayim, is derived from m'tzarim, meaning ‘narrow straits.’ This imagery carries into the present, often used to describe ‘one’s narrow place,’ w
Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90 via Times of Israel.
Elizabeth Leff
Rabbi Daniel Kirzane

It’s easy to be afraid of the stranger.

In fact, it’s perfectly natural.

Rabbi Daniel Kirzane
no ban no wall

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.

Kayla Perkins

As the global refugee crisis escalated, fear and misunderstanding of who refugees are inhibited refugee resettlement in the United States.

Lee Wilson