The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
“You are home. Welcome home.”
This is what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said to the first resettled Syrian refugees as they arrived in Toronto earlier this month. In response to the largest global refugee crisis since World War II, with 60 million people displaced worldwide, including over 11 million from Syria and the Middle East, Canada has pledged to resettle 25,000 refugees from Syria by the end of February 2016, including 10,000 by the end of this year. Compared to the commitment of the U.S. to accept 10,000 refugees by the end of 2016, this is an ambitious goal,...Read More
Ten years ago, as I read Parashat Vayechi in anticipation of my Bat Mitzvah I was drawn to Jacob’s blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh. While writing my D’var Torah, as a competitive younger sibling, I was inspired by Jacob’s words as he blessed his grandsons saying, “his younger brother shall be greater than he” (Genesis 48:19). Jacob purposely blessed Ephraim as if he was the oldest and Manasseh as the youngest, although in reality the opposite was true. This became a major theme of my D’var Torah as it proved the point I had been arguing my entire life, younger children are better.... Read More
This September, representatives from 193 countries gathered at the United Nations to adopt global goals to end poverty, protect the planet and promote health and well-being for all by 2030. These 17 goals for sustainable development cover issues of hunger, climate change, education, health and much more. Following the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were set at 2000, and aimed to be achieved by 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established to further the progress we have made in the past 15 years.
The MDGs, set to end this month on December 31, 2015,...Read More
As a nation comprised of Jews, Christians, Humanists, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists, and many more, our country has one of, if not the most diverse landscape of faiths in the world. This diversity strengthens our nation as we live and work together, but as we celebrate this diversity, we must also challenge ourselves to push for more than just a tolerant diversity: how much do we actually know about our neighbors? Do we understand their basic traditions and deepest values?
Last week the Religious Action Center participated in a White House event, “...Read More
In response to the largest global refugee crisis since World War II, with 60 million people displaced worldwide, including over 11 million from Syria and the Middle East, in September President Obama announced an increase in refugee resettlement to 85,000 for fiscal year 2016 and 100,000 for 2017. President Obama has also announced that, of the 15,000 additional refugees to be resettled in 2016, 10,000 will be from Syria. Although this increase is a step in the right direction, those numbers are not enough to respond to the crisis in Syria.
Following recent attacks in Paris, some...Read More