North Carolina rabbis unite for immigrant rights this Passover

March 22, 2013 | by Abby Levine, Director of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable
The fight in North Carolina over the discrimination of undocumented youth isn’t over, but we have achieved a significant victory. I’m thrilled to share that late yesterday, North Carolina’s Department of Transportation announced that they will not be using pink drivers licenses for young immigrants! However, they will still put the words “No Legal Status” on those licenses starting Monday.
Proposed North Carolina license

Jewish letter to Governor McCroy: Disappointed in North Carolina

March 18, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
March 18, 2013To sign this letter, please email Abby Levine ([email protected]), Director of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, by 5 PM EST on Wednesday, March 20. Dear Governor McCrory,We write to you as Jewish leaders dismayed and disappointed that undocumented immigrants in North Carolina who qualify for the federal Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be singled out by having to carry driver’s licenses marked with a pink design and distinc

Passover Prelude: Meeting with Pres. Obama on Immigration

March 17, 2013 | by Mark Hetfield, President & CEO of HIAS
Ten days ago, I was privileged to participate in a meeting on behalf of HIAS at the White House with fourteen faith leaders and leaders of faith-based organizations.

Napolitano at JCPA forum lists ways to fix U.S. immigration system

March 12, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told JCPA conference that the country’s immigration system is broken…Reform is necessary “because the system does not work the way it was intended to,” Napolitano said. “We need an overall system-wide package” that keeps borders secure, raises the number of visas offered and institutes a verification employment system that identifies who is working here while discouraging employers who offer low wages and no benefits.

HIAS met with Pres. Obama Friday on CIR, joining 13 other faith orgs

March 11, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
March 11, 2013Mark Hetfield, President & CEO of HIAS, was one of 14 leaders of faith-based organizations invited to meet with President Obama to discuss his commitment to Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) on Friday.In the meeting, Mark Hetfeld, told the assembled: “Immigration was the number one issue of the American Jewish community until the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, and it remains a critically important issue for us—it goes to the core of who we are as a people.” He added that in the Jewish community, the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable—comprising repres

Reconstructionist Movement Takes on Immigration

March 7, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
In a recently released statement, the Reconstructionist Movement has pledged to  take on immigration in the US. The Roundtable is proud to support another national Jewish organization working for a fair system for immigrants and their families. The RRC has already begun partnering with HIAS in Philadelphia to  bring Jews together and out front on immigration reform. Check back here for developments in their work. This is an excerpt from their statement. 

Rabbis Organizing Rabbis for Humane Immigration Reform

March 4, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
Mazel Tov to CCAR- the oldest and largest rabbinic organization in North America. Through Rabbis Organizing Rabbis, CCAR will prioritize humane immigration reform this year. The Roundtable is excited to lend support to the Reform movement in their important work and to continue to build a public Jewish voice supporting the rights of immigrants and their families. 

Napolitano to speak at large Jewish gathering on immigration

March 1, 2013 | by JCPA
It has just been announced that Secretary Napolitano will speak to the JCPA Plenum  about immigration reform. The Plenum, taking place March 9-12 in Washington DC, is the highest decision making body of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

Work, intern and become a fellow with a Roundtable org!

February 27, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
There are  many great positions open at Roundtable organizations. See below for all of the opportunities. Get ‘em while they’re hot!

None of God's Children Deserve Hate, including aspiring American

February 19, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
PICO, a national network of faith-based community organizations  has put out a call to people of faith based on a recent disturbing incident. Here’s what happened: