Gideon Aronoff

Obama's immigration reform speech: first reactions

President Obama, coming off a handful of important legislative victories, hinted today in a major speech that he might try his hand at legislation on the third rail of American politics – immigration reform.

That's good news for Jewish groups like the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and the American Jewish Committee, as well as a coalition of some 600 faith leaders that gathered at the White House today and delivered a letter urging strong action to pass legislation that “both protects our interests and abides by our values” before the end of the year.

JInsider: Father’s Day Prep - Creating An Inspiring Home

06/18/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

For Father’s Day, JInsider offers practical advice for dads on cultivating an inspired life for their children.

Reflections on an Ideal Dad

I think that the most important lesson of being a father is to lower the bar into the human realm. I will never be the perfect dad. There are times when I embarrass myself by losing my patience or temper. I also regularly mortify my children now that they are older just by being near them in front of their friends.

Four Generations of Meszlers

From Yemen To Monsey, A Freedom Journey

Yemenites here marking first Passover in America, but the adjustment isn't easy.

03/29/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

 This is the first Passover when Temia and her daughters won't be grinding wheat by hand and baking matzah in special wood-burning ovens, as they did in Yemen. Instead, they'll be tasting their first matzahs sold in a box, celebrating the holiday in their new homes in upstate Rockland County.

Yemeni men learning English

In Border Wars, He’s Not On The Fence

03/09/2007
Special to The Jewish Week

 A few years ago at an immigration conference, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel said simply and powerfully, “No human being is illegal.”

The Jewish community’s point man on immigration, Gideon Aronoff, president and CEO of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, recalled Wiesel’s elegant plea on behalf of immigrants this week as the Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings on legislation that would provide a clear path to citizenship for many of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants already in this country.

Immigration reform bill introduced, but can it survive election year politics?

Almost lost in all the ink expended over the health care reform fracas on Capitol Hill was last week's introduction of a long-delayed immigration reform bill by House Democrats.  That should please a number of Jewish groups that have made such legislation a priority.

Immigration reform bill introduced, but can it survive election year politics?

Monday, December 21st, 2009 Almost lost in all the ink expended over the health care reform fracas on Capitol Hill was last week’s introduction of a long-delayed immigration reform bill by House Democrats.  That should please a number of Jewish groups that have made such legislation a priority.
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