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Coming To America: Stories of Immigration from Richmond's Jewish Community

Join the Richmond Jewish community for a fascinating look at our immigration history. On Sunday, February 16th from 3:00pm - 5:00pm at the Weinstein JCC (5403 Monument Ave), we are hosting Coming to America: Stories of Immigration from Richmond's Jewish Community.

The Justice of Gelt - Parashat Vayeshev 2013/5774

Let me ask you something…is all chocolate created equally? Here are two pieces of gelt – they look the same – but are they different?  If one was .50 cents, and one $1.50, which one would you choose, and what would be the reason for that choice? Usually, it’s taste and sometimes it might be kashruth.  As Jews, we pay more for kosher meat than non-kosher meat, but should there be other factors, like how the product is made, or by whom?  Should this be a factor?  Does it get a veto or a vote?  

A Moment Like This: Thoughts on Work, Faith, and Presence

This piece was originially published on AVODAH's blog and is republished with permission. 

Discussing Immigration Reform from a Jewish Perspective

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. 

Jewish statements on Gang of 8 immigration reform bill

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.

Would your Bubbe be denied entry today?

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.

Rabbis Organizing Rabbis for Humane Immigration Reform

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. 

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