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September 5, 2017
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is outraged at the Trump Administration’s announcement that it plans to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The Torah teaches the obligation to love the immigrant, just as God loves and cares for the immigrant: “The ger (immigrant) who sojourns with you shall be like a citizen unto you, and you shall love this person as yourself, for you were gerim in the land of Egypt. I am Adonai, your God.” (Leviticus 19:34) The ancient rabbis taught that the city of Sodom was considered the epitome of evil because the residents made laws prohibiting kindness to strangers. Welcoming immigrants and strangers remains a core Jewish value, as well as an American one.
August 31, 2017
Statement on JNF and OR Movement’s “Bedouin” Fashion Show to Raise Money for Towns that Discriminate Against the Bedouin
On September 6, the OR Movement, a key Jewish National Fund (JNF) partner organization, will be hosting a fashion show called the Desert Flower Runway Show in New York City to raise money for “the development of the Negev and the Galilee.” While the OR Movement claims to develop the Negev and Galilee for Israeli citizens of all backgrounds, it has been involved in establishing exclusively Jewish communities throughout the Negev, pushing Bedouin off their lands into impoverished and overcrowded Bedouin townships.
August 12, 2017
T’ruah is horrified and outraged by the violence instigated by white supremacists marching in Charlottesville this weekend, including the terrorist act that killed one woman and injured many more. We are profoundly proud of the T’ruah rabbis and the clergy of all faiths who joined in peaceful prayer there.