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Tisha B'av Rallies

This weekend in over 36 locations across the country, Jews will gather on Tisha B’Av, a traditional Jewish day of mourning, to lament the state of immigration in our country. We grieve the destruction of families and childhoods through family separation, detention, and deportation. And we are aghast at the destruction of rights and values as the government endangers and deports immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees.

And as we mourn, we come together to take action. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism...

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  I will not mince words: the violence we witnessed this weekend is sickening. Twenty-nine people were killed in separate mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH—not to mention the 47 injured and four killed by guns in Chicago, and the countless more who didn’t make headlines across the United States.  


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On Tisha B’Av, the day when Jewish communities mourn the destruction of the Temple and other tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, those reading the book of Lamentations cry out, “Renew our days as of old.” For some, this is a more literal plea for the rebuilding of the Temple, and for others, the call serves as a plea for spiritual renewal.

As an American, I can’t help but think of much of the contemporary rhetoric around immigration when I hear a call for a return to days of old. Many Democrats...

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Julia Paley in Mexico

RAC Immigration Justice Director Dr. Julia Paley in Juarez, Mexico with URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Imam Omar Suleiman

It was unforgettable. A little boy living in a refugee camp, essentially in exile. In a place prone to kidnappings and murders, and in a shelter with inadequate resources and supplies.

Most striking were the circumstances: The child was an American citizen, and the shelter he resided in located just a few miles from the United States.

Why, then, was he not living in his own country?

This is the distorted result of Remain in Mexico –...

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URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs

The following are Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs' prepared remarks for the speech he delivered at the Moral Monday mass gathering in El Paso on July 28, 2019.

My name is Rabbi Rick Jacobs, I lead the Reform Jewish Movement here in North America, the largest and most diverse Jewish denomination including two million people. I’m joined here by Rabbi Ron Segal the president of the CCAR, our rabbinic arm with over two thousand rabbis and by dozens of rabbis and cantors and lay leaders.

I’m here in El Paso this weekend because I worship a God who is...

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