By Jonathan Roos,
The congregation that I serve, Temple Sinai in the District, recently formally decided to provide sanctuary to undocumented immigrants fearing deportation. Since then, the Union for Reform Judaism passed a resolution encouraging congregations to do what they can to protect undocumented immigrants. This support from the Reform Movement, the largest Jewish denomination in North America, sends a clear signal about where we stand at a time when immigrants are made to feel increasingly unwelcome and unsafe in the United States.
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During Passover, Jews around the world reflect on our ancestors’ journeys from oppression to freedom. At our Seders, we are commanded to experience the Exodus as if we ourselves had been liberated from Egypt. As we recall that journey, we cannot ignore immigrants who are facing adversity, displacement or marginalization in our society.
After years of stalled negotiations in Congress on
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