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A line of high school students hold signs supporting the DREAM Act during the 2018 L'Taken seminar in Washington, D.C.

As nearly 700 Reform Jews prepared to visit Capitol Hill during the 2019 Consultation on Conscience, U.S. House leadership was working to advance legislation providing permanent protection from deportation for DREAMers, undocumented immigrant youth, and for holders of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure — programs that offer legal status to immigrants on a humanitarian basis. The situation was changing rapidly and we want to provide an update on where the legislation stands now.

In March 2019, the...

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End Child Detention

This Mother’s Day, southern Florida Jews and hundreds of others marched to demand the closure of Homestead—the only private, for-profit emergency detention center for migrant youth in the country. We showed up again on Memorial Day, attempting to deliver letters written by children on the outside. We held our own children’s hands tighter as we imagined conditions for those inside the detention center: sleeping hundreds to a room, prohibited from touching or hugging, prevented from writing (a...

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A family standing in silhouette against a sunset

 

What is the most “popular” mitzvah?

Tikkun olam, repairing the world.

And, why?

Because of what we learn in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 37a): “Whoever saves a single life is considered by scripture to have saved the whole world.’ Because we are created in God’s image.

This means everyone – not just Jews.

Like, for example, Alan Kurdi’s lifeless three-year-old body lying in the surf of a Turkish beach. Do you...

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Dreamers holding sign that says DREAM ACT NOW

May 21, 2019,

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, Chairman Nadler, and Ranking Member Collins,

We, the undersigned national, state, and local education, civil and human rights, LGBTQ+, labor, national security, faith, grassroots, and immigrants’ rights organizations, write to express our support for the American Dream and Promise Act as it goes before the House Judiciary Committee for markup. The legisl ation w ould put immigrant youth known as Dreamers and long - time beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) on a roadmap to...

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Three teens holding signs in support of criminal justice reform

   These remarks have been lightly adapted from those presented at the lobby prep session of the 2019 Consultation on Conscience on Monday, May 20, 2019.

As the Religious Action Center’s legislative director, I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with our Eisendrath Legislative Assistants every day and with our entire community to advance Reform Movement social justice priorities on Capitol Hill and beyond.

Attendees at the RAC’s 2019 Consultation on Conscience have spent three...

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