They say Jewish teaching compels devotees to treat “strangers in our midst with justice and compassion.” President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. CREDIT: AP/Haraz Ghanbari
Leaders of the largest Jewish denomination in North America are encouraging member congregations to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation, arguing that Jewish teaching compels devotees to treat “strangers in our midst with justice and compassion.”
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Last Friday, the Board of Trustees for the Union for Reform Judaism — the largest Jewish branch in the United States — voted to adopt a resolution calling on members to consider joining the New Sanctuary Movement, a growing phenomenon where houses of worship shelter undocumented immigrants who might otherwise be deported by the federal government. The method, which was also utilized under the Obama administration, takes advantage of an internal policy within the Immigration
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