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The U.S. government’s cruel immigration policies have caused untold suffering in recent months. Families being separated along the southern border, children held in dangerous detention facilities, threats of mass deportation raids across the country – what’s happening offends our morals and values as Reform Jews. It also defies America’s history as a nation built and strengthened by immigrants. Something must change and we want you to help us bring about that change.

Join us for two upcoming opportunities to make our collective voice heard on immigration justice.

1. Attend an... Read More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2019

Media Contact Sarah Garfinkel, West End Strategy Teamsgarfinkel@westendstrategy.com; 202-776-7700

New Leader for Reform Jewish Movement’s Commission on Social Action

WASHINGTON – Today, leaders of the Commission on Social Action (CSA), a joint body of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union for Reform Judaism, announced that Susan Friedberg Kalson has been unanimously selected...

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“We came to the United States where I hoped to build a better, safer life for us. Unfortunately, that did not happen. Instead I watched my baby girl die slowly and painfully just a few months before her second birthday." These chilling words are part of testimony offered before Congress this week by Yazmin Juarez, a migrant mother from Guatemala. Yazmin and her daughter Mariee crossed the US-Mexico border in 2018.  Mariee had been a healthy and happy baby, making the journey to the U.S. southern border without any health problems. Once in the US, Yazmin and Mariee spent a few days in a...

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Letters by Reform rabbis in Baltimore, Chicago and Miami condemning planned ICE raids in those cities were published Friday and over the weekend.

"Don’t carry out deportation raids," Chicago Tribune, July 12, 2019

On behalf of the Illinois Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing approximately 30 synagogues with 50,000 members throughout our state, we are speaking out against the deportation raids planned for Chicago (“Looming ICE...

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For Immediate Release

July 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – In response to reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to begin mass deportation raids on Sunday, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the wider Reform Movement:

“At a time when the administration should be focused on reuniting immigrant families and closing immigrant detention centers, it is unconscionable that the Department of Homeland...

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