Would your family – Bubbe or Zeyde, Savta or Saba – be able to immigrate to America today? There’s a very good chance they would not.Find out how your ancestors would fare today on our new interactive website, EntryDenied.org.Millions of American Jews have grown up with a defining family immigration story. But while many of our own ancestral stories of coming to America are tales of hardship, struggle and triumph over adversity, less obvious is the simple fact thatmost of our family immigration stories would not be possible at all under today’s immigration laws.On the site, you can also download our special Passover reading to help bring this question to your Seder table.As people with strong ties to our families’ immigrant past, and as a community with thousands of years of migration in our history, we know what it means to be unwelcome in a new land. On Passover we imagine that we ourselves are leaving Egypt, immigrants on our own journey to the Promised Land. This year, I hope you will join me and millions of others in considering what we owe those seeking access to the same American Dream our ancestors came here to find.Wishing you a Passover of warmth, family, and meaning.
Monday, March 25, 2013 - 10:45am