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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:

Immigration returns to communal agenda

February 14, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
The Jewish Social Justice Roundtable is mentioned in an article in the New Jersey Jewish News yesterday highlighting the work of Jewish organizations bringing immigration reform back into the Jewish communal spotlight. After years of the issue taking a back seat to the economy and health care,  immigration is back on the front burner. 

Learning about our member organizations

February 14, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
Have you heard the term “Jewish social justice” but aren’t quite sure what it is or what the groups that are part of our network do? Check out this document which features each organization, it’s logo and one accomplishment from the past few months.  

Bend the Arc prioritizes common sense immigration reform

February 13, 2013 | by Alan van Capelle, CEO of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
President Obama addressed many crucial issues during last night’s State of the Union address.

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