HIAS Discusses Immigration, Anti-Semitism, and More at URJ Biennial

Posted on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 14:42 pm

Last week, HIAS senior staff attended the Union of Reform Judaism’s Biennial conference, which convened thousands of Jewish leaders from around the country in San Diego to discuss issues ranging from social justice programming to congregational management. HIAS presented as part of a panel on the topic of “Strangers in a Strange Land: The Jewish Obligation to Comprehensive Immigration Reform”—along with colleagues from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis—which culminated in a rich discussion of the various Jewish values that serve as moral guides for immigration reform, such as keeping families together, protecting the dignity of every person, and enforcing the rule of law. HIAS also convened a workshop on “Jewish Communities at Risk,” which featured Rabbi Joel Oseran of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, Tabby Davoodi of 30 Years After, and Rabbi Ferenc Raj of Bet Orim Congregation in Budapest, who spoke about rising anti-Semitism in Hungary.

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