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HHS

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took two alarming steps to permit taxpayer-funded discrimination in our health care and social service systems. First, HHS announced a new draft policy (known as a proposed rule) that would allow for discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion in HHS-funded programs and also remove a requirement that HHS grantees recognize same-sex marriages in order to receive federal funding. Second, HHS issued a notice of nonenforcement declaring that it would immediately cease enforcing...

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DACA

On November 12, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a set of three cases which will determine whether the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will continue to exist and, with that, the fate of hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrant youth who currently live and work in the U.S. protected from the threat of deportation.

Established by President Obama...

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Domestic violence flag

Thirty years ago, Congress first officially designated October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic and sexual violence cut across lines of class, race, nationality, gender identity, and sexual orientation - and the Jewish community is not immune.

We care about the issue of domestic violence not only because it effects our community, but also because our tradition teaches us to. Domestic violence violates the Jewish belief in kavod ha’briyot, the fundamental dignity of every...

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Sukkot

During Sukkot this year, the Religious Action Center worked with Reform congregations across North America to host immigrant justice events in the sukkah. Congregations from coast-to-coast welcomed immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees to be guests in their sukkahs and share their stories. Here are a few reports from congregations that held these moving events.

California "I had the extraordinary opportunity to introduce the delightful asylum-seeking Guatemalan family I've been working with through Casey Revkin Ryan and Immigrant Families Together to our warm and welcoming...

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Homestead March

Dr. Amy J. Cohen delivered the following remarks at Temple Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica, CA on Yom Kippur.

When Rabbi Neil kindly invited me to speak before you, to the congregation which, he said, had at one time been haunted by the likes of Stephen Miller, I presumed he was bringing me here to perform a kind of sage-ing ceremony. I’ll do my best.

Stories from Immigrant Detention Centers

Let me begin with the words of migrant children in government custody:

From a 5 year old: I was taken with my father. Then the agents separated me from my father right away. I...

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