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Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform have long noted that immigrating to the United States today involves an entirely different legal system than that under which most people arrived here for nearly 200 years. Now, there’s an online tool to help explain that.
A subtle thread runs through the seemingly disparate narrative and legal materials in this week's Torah portion of Emor. It is the subject of the "ger," the stranger or the immigrant, the perennial "other." How might we apply this high standard of care and concern for the poor and the stranger today? Some of these questions are explored in recent resources developed by Jewish campaigns for immigration reform (Bend the Arc and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society).
Rabbi Sid Schwarz, author of Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World, joined a conference convened by Jewish Funders Network’s (JFN) and found himself on a bus with many top leaders in Jewish social justice: Simon Greer, who led the Jewish Funds for Justice and now is president of the Nathan Cummings Foundation; Alan van Capelle who succeeded Simon at JFSJ, now called Bend the Arc; Ruth Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service; Dan Sokatch, president of the New Israel Fund; Rachel Levin of Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation; and Rabbi Sharon Brous, the founding rabbi of IKAR.
The California Senate Public Safety Committee voted 5-2 late Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 755, legislation by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, that will add to the list of crimes subject to a 10-year firearms prohibition. SB 755, which will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee, is supported by a broad coalition of groups including Bend the Arc.
The complex issues surrounding the topic of immigration take an interactive and apprehensive approach in the immigration survey “Entry Denied,” developed by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.