This evening the holiday of Passover begins. Jews and their families all over the world recount the Jewish origin story of fleeing oppression and finding freedom. The Torah tells us repeatedly that we must protect the stranger, the immigrant, in our midst because we know what it was to be a stranger in the land of Egypt. This narrative is the foundation of what makes working for justice for refugees and immigrants a Jewish cause.
Rabbi Renee Bauer was featured as the Jewish voice in a podcast produced by the Carnegie Corporation of New York about this connection between religion and the current immigration issues. Listen here or see on Facebook for more thoughts to bring to your Passover table.
This Passover, during the largest refugee crisis in recorded history, let each of us take one action to support refugees and/or bring their stories into our seder.
Shabbat Shalom and Hag Passover Sameach,
Dawn Berney and Rabbi Renee Bauer
Make Refugees part of your seder conversation this year
Download the new 2018 HIAS Haggadah Supplement to explore the connection between the symbols on your Seder plate and today’s refugee
By March 31st, the halfway point for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the administration will have resettled just over 10,000 refugees, nowhere near on track to meet the 45,000 admissions goal set for this year. This amounts to a broken promise to tens of thousands of refugees who cannot return to their home countries or rebuild their lives in the country where they first fled. It is critical that the Members of Congress and the Administration hear us decry this record-low number of refugee arrivals and that we support refugee resettlement. Click Here or Call (866) 961-4293 3 times to connect with your 1 Representative and 2 Senators
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to support the U.S. refugee resettlement program. I strongly oppose President Trump’s all-time low cap on refugee admissions, as well as his continued Muslim and refugee bans. I urge you to do everything in
your power to see that the administration resettle at least the 45,000 refugees they have set as the cap for 2018 and urge the administration to commit to resettling at least 75,000 in 2019. Resettlement is a core American legacy that allows refugees to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting the refugee resettlement program.”