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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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Rabbi Rick Jacobs

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


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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