Discussing Immigration Reform from a Jewish Perspective

May 6, 2013 | by Abby Levine, Director of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable
Our immigration laws tear apart families and keep millions of people living in fear for far too long. Now is the time for Congress and President Obama to create a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million new Americans and ensure that immigrant families are treated with fairness and dignity. For me as a Jewish American, this is a moral, religious and communal issue. Check out the attachment below for talking points on immigration reform for Jewish advocates. 

Important Immigration Updates for this Week

May 6, 2013 | by Liza Lieberman, Associate Director, Policy and Advocacy, HIAS
This week the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin the markup of the bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill, S.744. We expect the amendments to be filed on Tuesday (May 7th) and then the committee will begin to consider the amendments on Thursday (May 9th) with additional markups on May 14th, 16th, and 20th-24th. We will need all hands on deck to urge legislators to either support or oppose amendments.

Seeking new members and allies of the Roundtable!

May 2, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
As the flowers begin to bloom and winter coats are stuffed in closets, this is the Roundtable's annual time to grow and renew. The Jewish Social Justice Roundtable is officially seeking new members and allies to join our ranks.  Interested organizations should request an application from Mae Singerman, Coordinator of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable ([email protected]).   

Jewish statements on Gang of 8 immigration reform bill

April 30, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
As Jewish organizations begin to read through the proposed Gang of 8 legislation, they are releasing statements that are mostly supportive of what the proposed legislation has to offer, though it isn't all positive. We will update this as we receive more statements.

Training: How to meet with a member of Congress

April 26, 2013 | by Abby Levine, Director of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable
The Jewish Social Justice Roundtable invites you to a training, led by JOIN for Justice, NCJW and JCPA, to help prepare Jewish communities to meet with your members of Congress about immigration reform during the Memorial Day recess - May 27-31.
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Would your Bubbe be denied entry today?

March 25, 2013 | by Alan van Capelle, CEO of Bend the Arc
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, of American Jews have grown up with a defining family immigration story.

Passover Shareable Graphic! Share it today!

March 25, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
The Roundtable is excited about our first ever shareable graphic for Facebook on immigration and the exodus story. We hope it provides a fun reminder for people to discuss immigration at seders tonight. Please share it on Facebook today!

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.
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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.