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Rabbi Jonah Pesner speaking at a podium with the sign "NO BAN ACT"

This post is adapted from remarks offered by Rabbi Jonah Pesner at the

Rabbi Jonah Pesner

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
Silhouette of family members holding hands in front of a chain link fence

Remember the feeling you had when you got on an airplane alone to study abroad, or when you packed up everything you owned and moved to a new city?

Talia Kaplan
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