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Letter Opposing Racial Profiling of Pregnant People Seeking to Enter U.S.

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Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among 156 signatories to join a letter from the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, calling on Secretary Pompeo to end the US policy targeting pregnant people of color and making it harder for them to travel and visit their families.

Interfaith Open Letter: Stephen Miller Must Resign

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As a diverse coalition of interfaith partners dedicated to moral and humane immigration policies, we demand the immediate resignation of White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller. We believe that all people deserve to be treated with dignity, regardless of their immigration status. Our varied faith traditions mandate us to welcome the stranger, love each other, and protect the most vulnerable among us.

US Jewish Movements: President Trump Must Fire Stephen Miller

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As entities who represent a broad diversity of American Jewish life, we share a deep concern about White House advisor Stephen Miller’s support for white supremacist ideology and the disturbing ways in which his dangerous views have influenced U.S. immigration policy.  Such views have no place in the White House or as a basis of American policy.

On November 12, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report detailing emails that White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller had sent during 2015 and 2016 in which he shared “white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage.” Such views are reprehensible on their own, but they are entirely unacceptable for someone tasked with shaping the laws, interests, and values of the United States. We reject claims that criticism of Mr. Miller’s views is antisemitic. His personal faith should not be called into question but also should not be used to shield him from legitimate criticism.

This nation was founded and has been strengthened by immigrants seeking religious freedom and opportunity. Indeed, some of our country’s lowest moments have been when we have excluded or discriminated against groups based on their nationality or heritage, including our brutally oppressive treatment of Native Americans, the Chinese Exclusion Act, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the immigration quotas imposed in 1924 that disproportionately restricted Jews, Italian, Greeks and Poles, with devastating consequences for those later fleeing Nazi brutality.

Throughout history, Jews have been forced by persecution and discrimination to leave their homes in search of safety and security. We have also been the targets of vicious libels and dangerous stereotyping that have fomented mistrust and, alarmingly, as has been occurring again in our own country, acts of tragic and deadly violence. Both history and contemporary experience make us especially sensitive to any efforts that classify fellow human beings as “other.” We are all made in the image of God and worthy of dignity and respect. 

We call on President Trump to dismiss Stephen Miller immediately and to make clear that white supremacy has no place in the White House or the United States of America.

 

Central Conference of American Rabbis
The Rabbinical Assembly
Reconstructing Judaism
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Union for Reform Judaism

 

One Year After Pittsburgh, Jews and Allies Pledge Solidarity

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Reconstructing Judaism was among fifteen organizations co-sponsoring the following statement, which was organized by Bend the Arc.

We remember the 11 Jews murdered at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh one year ago.

As Jews and allies, we reject fear and division, and we embrace diversity and inclusion.

We commit to organize toward a vibrant, multiracial democracy. #OurSolidarityWill build a country where all of us can be free and safe, no matter what we look like or where we come from.

We commit to hold callous politicians and corporations accountable for inciting violence and spreading fear to keep us divided. #OurSolidarityWill put them out of power and out of business.

And we commit to demand that every candidate running for office put forward concrete plans to combat the lies and policies that are killing so many of us. #OurSolidarityWill defeat white nationalism.

Logos of Bend the Arc, If Not Now, JREJ, Jewish Community Action, Credo Action, United We Dream, Jews United for Justice, Carolina Jews for Justice, Reconstructing Judaism, Move On, Network, JCUA, WSC, Auburn, and Political Research Associates

 

Letter to New York Times Regarding Antisemitic Cartoon

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Reconstructing Judaism was a signatory to a letter that the the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) sent to the New York Times Executive Editor condemning the Antisemitic cartoon published on April 25, 2019, and urging tangible steps to ensure that such inflammatory material will not be published in the future.

Letter in support of the Never Again (Holocaust) Education Act

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Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among more than 300 organizations to support the Never Again Education Act (H.R. 943). The attached letter, sent to the chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, urges the swift passage of the bill, which uses public funding and private donations to provide teachers with resources and training on lessons of the Holocaust and the consequences of bigotry and hate.

Joint Letter Urging Secretary of State to Fill Anti-Semitism Special Envoy Position

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Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among the organizational signatories of a letter directed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to fill the vacant position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. 

National Jewish Group Letter supporting the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among the 55 national Jewish groups joining together in a letter to Senate leaders opposing the House-passed ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620), legislation which would turn back the clock on the civil rights of people with disabilities by weakening the 28-year old Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Statement by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association on Foregoing Annual High Holy Day Call with Trump

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The RRA and America’s other leading rabbinic organizations have decided, in light of  President Trump’s statements during and after the tragic events in Charlottesville, so lacking in moral leadership and empathy for the victims of racial and religious hatred, that we cannot organize a rabbinic call with the president this year. 

Response to Charlottesville

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The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities condemns in the strongest terms the white supremacist groups that gathered in Charlottesville, VA, over the weekend to promote racism, anti-Semitism, and other ideologies of bigotry. Our hearts go out to the family of Heather Heyer, the anti-hate demonstrator who was killed in what has been accurately characterized by the U.S. Attorney General as an act of domestic terrorism, and to the families of the two Virginia State Troopers killed in a helicopter crash as part of efforts to manage the events surrounding the white supremacists’ assault on Charlottesville.

History has taught the painful consequences of ignoring violent white supremacists who target Jews, members of the LGBT community and people of color.  We stand with all political, religious, and community leaders of conscience to express revulsion at the actions and words of the white supremacist, neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist groups that converged in Charlottesville.  Nothing less is appropriate for this moment in time.  There is no moral equivalence between the proponents of hatred and bigotry and those who stand up to oppose them.  We must work vigorously across communities to strengthen the vision of an America dedicated to diversity and equality, pluralism and mutual respect.

Reconstructionist Rabbis Mordechai Liebling and Malka Bina Klein joined with more than 50 other members of the clergy to protest the white supremacists.  For their reflections, see:

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