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Synagogue where Trump's grandchild goes to preschool condemns travel ban

The leadership and clergy of Adas Israel Congregation stands with the entire Conservative movement and other local organizations such as the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington in advocating for the rights of immigrants, rejecting the targeting of individuals based on religion, and calling on the U.S. government to reject policy proposals that would halt, limit, or curtail refugee resettlement in the U.S. or prioritize certain refugees over others. We as a Jewish community affirm the following statement by our Conservative movement, stand in good faith with the values it represents, and will continue to advocate for the rights and safety of those seeking refuge within our great country and city:

The Conservative/Masorti movement of Judaism as represented by its constituent organizations listed below has issued the following statement regarding the executive order President Donald Trump signed on Friday barring many refugees and immigrants from entering the United States:

Deeply rooted in our tradition, faith, and values, we are a people of immigrants. Throughout our history we often were the stranger in a strange land and were persecuted and attacked simply for being the other. As Jews, it is not only our religious values that speak to welcoming those who seek shelter and safety, but it is also a pillar of free, democratic nations.

Our religious tradition repeatedly forbids us from oppressing the stranger. For instance, Leviticus 19:34 commands us, 'The strangers who reside with you shall be to you as your citizens; you shall love each one as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.' And Exodus 22:21, 'And you shall not wrong a stranger, neither shall you oppress them; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.' It is a betrayal to Jewish history and our own Jewish values to stand quiet as victims of war and terror are left helpless -- especially on the basis of religion.

The protracted war in Syria has created 7 million displaced persons within Syria alone and millions more throughout the Middle East, with refugees escaping through Turkey, the Balkans and Europe. Meanwhile, millions of undocumented immigrants in America live in fear of imprisonment, deportation or worse.

The Conservative movement has continuously and consistently advocated for the rights of immigrants including pathways to citizenship and family reunification as a top priority. We call on the U.S. government to reject policy proposals that would halt, limit, or curtail refugee resettlement in the U.S. or prioritize certain refugees over others; and urge President Trump and the U.S. Congress to instead take bold leadership by providing robust funding to support refugees around the world as well as provide necessary resources to refugees who are already resettled in the U.S.

Most importantly, the Conservative Movement completely rejects the targeting of individuals based on their religion. As Jews, it is an affront to our fundamental values.

We are all enriched by the diverse set of experiences that immigrants bring to our society. We see it not only throughout our economy and educational system, but also in our synagogues, camps, schools, and institutions where people of diverse backgrounds, countries of origin and experiences come together to pray to the same God, who sees us all as equals. To do otherwise betrays the Jewish values we find deeply engrained in our faith and history.

Rabbinical Assembly
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
The Jewish Theological Seminary
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
Cantors Assembly
Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs
Mercaz USA
Women's League for Conservative Judaism


Bull: "Bannon's growing power merely reflects his humble efforts to compensate for others' failings"


Losing Liberty

Trump Removes the Judicial Branch From the Our Government Section of the White House Website


More than one front to this war.


Hey Trump- more people voted to ban you from UK in last 12 hrs-than turned up to your Inauguration


CBP basically creating "Travel ban black sites"


Court orders return of US visa holder, who was flown back to Dubai to be removed to Iran.

A federal judge orders temporary restraining order (TRO) on Vayeghan v. Kelly, requesting Vayeghan's return to the U.S. under the terms of his previously approved visa. This follows a habeas petition that the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the Law Offices of Stacy Tolchin filed on behalf of the Iranian citizen on Saturday, January 28. Before the court could rule on the TRO, Vayeghan was placed on a flight to Dubai to be removed to Iran. He is currently in Dubai.

Nike Speaks Out "Against Bigotry & Any Form Of Discrimination"


Kellyanne: "I haven't slept in months"

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