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Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus Initiative for Immigrant and Refugee Justice Action Center

Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus Initiative

Immigrant and Refugee Justice Action Center

Eighty years ago, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus rescued 50 Jewish children from the Nazis. This new initiative seeks to galvanize action around the current crisis of immigrants and refugees held in detention and at risk of deportation.


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Protester carrying sign that says End Child Detention

Judaism teaches us that everyone is entitled to dignity and honor.

In the face of harsh and punitive federal immigration policy, the Reform Movement is mobilizing to advocate for just and compassionate policies toward undocumented immigrants.

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Protester carrying sign that says This Rabbi Supports Dreamers

We will not stop until families are reunited, asylum seekers are no longer treated as criminals, and our immigration system is reformed.

Support refugee resettlement

In a time of unprecedented need, the US's role in refugee resettlement has reached a historic low. 

Ways to Help Right Now

You can make a difference for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Connect with local organizations, contact officials, host events and more.

End Child Detention

Our Jewish values are unambiguous about the obligation to protect and care for children. We are dedicated to ending child detention and reuniting all detained immigrant children with their family or sponsors.

Deportation Defense

Participating meaningfully in public campaigns to protect individuals from deportation will preserve family unity and provide undocumented immigrants with the support and protection they need to remain safe within the United States.

The Kraus Initiative

The Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus Initiative for Immigrant and Refugee Justice makes our work on ending child detention, deporation defense, and helping protect DACA and DREAMers possible.

Immigration Justice Mini-Grants

URJ congregations are eligible for grants of up to $5,000 for projects related to immigrant, refugee and asylum seeker justice.

Welcoming Immigrants into the Sukkah

This year, we're asking the Reform Movement to welcome immigrants into our sukkahs.

Protect DREAMers and TPS holders

Congress must provide protection from deportation and a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and holders of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), immigrant communities who have been made vulnerable to deportation by this administration.