Immigration Reform Is Moral And Religious Duty

05/18/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Our Jewish story is one of migration. Our Jewish American story is one of receiving safe refuge on this nation’s shores.  From our seminal Exodus saga to our waves of aliyah, we are a people who know the feeling of being expelled and freed, welcomed and rejected. Today in America, we Jews experience the freedom and prosperity most of our ancestors never knew. Our current fortune confronts us with a question: what are we going to do with the freedom we have been given? How will we to channel the prosperity we enjoy?

Rabbi Seth M. Limmer

Aciman and Krauss, Live From The NYPL

Any discussion on the topic of “the costs of assimilation” into American society is likely to draw a crowd, especially in New York, and especially in our current climate. But when the Live from the NYPL series announced that acclaimed authors André Aciman and Nicole Krauss would be speaking, the April 22 event sold out.

Wide Range Of Jewish Groups Urge Faster Path To Citizenship

03/24/2013 - 20:00

An array of Jewish groups urged President Obama and Congress to ease the path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Nineteen national groups and dozens of local groups and clergy signed on to a letter sent last Friday that was timed for Passover.

Reacting To Arizona

In Supreme Court’s immigration ruling, Jewish groups see progress but have concerns.
06/25/2012 - 20:00
Washington — Most Jewish groups who have weighed in on Arizona’s controversial immigration law saw progress in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to repeal three of the law’s four parts, but had concerns that law enforcement officials would still be allowed to check the legal immigration status of people they detain.

U.S. And Israel Agree On Immigration Fast Track

05/17/2012 - 20:00

The United States and Israel are set to add Israelis to a fast-track immigration system.

Yediot Ahronoth reported Thursday that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman have agreed to add Israel to the “Global Entry” program, which was negotiated during a recent trip of Homeland Security officials to Israel.

For a $100 fee, frequent business travelers undergo a thorough security clearance. Once cleared, they enter the United States through a biometric fingerprint check, skipping passport checks.

Goodbye, or 'those 24 years sure went by quickly'

Okay, my secret is out: I'm retiring after 24 years on this beat for the Jewish Week (please hold your applause and your decaying vegetables). It seems like the right time to reflect on the changes I've seen in the Jewish world and Jewish politics during that period.

Many of the activists I met way back in the day are still toiling in Washington, and some of the issues that preoccupied them more than two decades ago are still in play, while others are long forgotten. How many remember the Lautenberg Amendment? In 1987, it was on the lips of most Jewish leaders.

Immigration Could Put Jews In Bind With Latinos

As country’s Hispanic population surges, possible friction ahead as community edging away from charged issue.
03/29/2011 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

Even before last week’s census data showing Latinos have become the largest — and fastest-growing — minority in the United States, Jewish groups were scrambling to beef up relations between the two communities.

The sponsors of a new survey on attitudes in both the Jewish and Latino communities argue that the data suggests the Jewish communal world has a long way to go.

Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros attended a “Latino Jewish Dialogue” this week in San Antonio.

Green Light To Green Cards Ends 20-Year Fight

Chen family prevails in long-running immigration case.
02/21/2011 - 19:00
Special to The Jewish Week

Abraham Chen stood in the hallway outside the federal courtroom in Lower Manhattan last week, soft wonder lighting his face. “I started this case on Feb. 4,1991,” he ruminated. “Yes, it’s been exactly 20 years. Twenty years and 11 days.”

Moments before, inside the courtroom, Chen had won his long-sought prize: the right to legal residency in the United States for himself and his wife Zvia.

The Chen family with its attorney, David Frenkel, center, after winning deportation case.  Lehman Weichselbaum

Achieving a More Perfect Union: An Agenda for the New Congress

01/04/2011 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

The newly elected leaders in the House of Representatives plan to open the 112th session by reading the Constitution into the record. That's not a bad beginning - this Congress must dedicate itself to addressing fundamental problems in order to keep alive the promise of our constitution's preamble: "to...establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."

Nancy Ratzan

Populists’ Anti-Islam Message Has European Jewish Leaders Worried

10/24/2010 - 20:00

BERLIN (JTA) -- Geert Wilders, the rock star of European politics, is riding the crest of a populist tsunami.

As the pro-Israel founder of Holland’s Party of Freedom lets loose recently in Berlin, shouting that Islam is a threat to Germany’s identity, democracy and prosperity, his audience of 500 reacts with an evangelical zeal, offering big-time applause and standing ovations.

“Stand by the side of those who are threatened by Islam, like the State of Israel and its Jewish citizens,” he exhorts the crowd.

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