Sammie Moshenberg, director of Washington operations for the National Council of Jewish Women, was among more than 100 activists arrested Thursday at an immigration reform demonstration at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington.
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?
Well, I'll say this for Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), the only Orthodox Jew in the Senate: he lives up to his party label as “independent.”
Just when it looked like he was just a hair's breadth from being a conservative Republican, he led the charge to repeal the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, which passed both Houses of Congress over the weekend.
This despite the fact that his best buddy and the guy he supported for the presidency in 2008, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), was possibly the most vociferous critic of repeal.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish groups praised the U.S. Senate’s passage of a law allowing gays to serve openly in the military and lamented its failure to legalize undocumented migrants who arrived as minors.
“With today’s vote, Americans may serve without being forced to choose between their commitment to our country and their integrity,” said Rabbi Steve Gutow, the president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the umbrella public policy group, after the Senate lifted “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” restrictions on Saturday.
If you're among that Jewish faction – formerly a majority, now we're not so sure – that favors fairly liberal immigration policies and sees comprehensive immigration reform including a path to citizenship for some here illegally as a political priority, your worst nightmare is about to come true.
Some wonder if American Jewry’s traditional empathy for all newcomers could be waning.
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One of the rare issues on which nearly all mainstream Jewish organizations agree — and on which they’ve always believed they had the backing of most American Jews — involves how the United States should treat immigrants, including those who are undocumented.
More than a dozen national agencies, including the congregational arms of all four major branches of Judaism, have publicly announced their support for comprehensive immigration reform, which would go beyond an enforcement-only policy to offer unauthorized residents “a path to citizenship.”
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.