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Refugees

In the Torah we are instructed, “the stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself for you were strangers in the land of Egypt" (Lev. 19:33). The crisis of refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the region and Africa is the most pressing refugee crisis since World War II. Read the latest updates on the refugee crisis and learn more about how you can welcome refugees.

Refugees

Welcome Refugees

As we approach World Refugee Day on June 20, we are joining with faith communities across the county to provide a vibrant welcome to refugees among us. 

Engage in the Refugee Crisis Response

The Religious Action Center and HIAS have created a guide to help reform congregations engage in the refugee crisis response. The guide includes educational programs, opprotunities to engage with your local refugee community and informations about getting involved in advocacy. 

President Trump has issued an executive order halting admission of all individuals, whether immigrants, refugees, or visitors, from certain "terror-prone countries" until the administration can implement a program for "extreme vetting."

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Latest Updates on Refugees
Feb 24, 2017|Shelby Friedman
Hannah Kandall and Olivia Heilbronner
Feb 22, 2017|Religious Action Center
Marchers with banner for Women's March
Jan 24, 2017|Barbara Weinstein
Take Action: Welcome Refugees

Urge President Obama and Congress to respond to this global crisis by welcoming more refugees to the United States.

Partner with Congregations in Canada

Many URJ synagogues in Canada are in the process of preparing to welcome Syrian refugees to their community. To support the work of Canadian synagogues responding to the refugee crisis, please email or call RAC Legislative Assistant Shelby Friedman at 202-387-2800.

Contact Our Legislative Policy Team

For more information on this issue, contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Shelby Friedman at (202) 387-2800.