Rabbis Organizing Rabbis Advocacy Day
Yesterday, rabbis from across America came to Washington D.C. to raise their voices in support of comprehensive immigration reform. The rabbis participating in the advocacy day spoke with key legislators about the bipartisan Senate immigration bill introduced last month, expressing their support for the legislation, offering ways to continue to strengthen it and discussing strategies for advancing this issue in their home congregations. They also highlighted key priorities for Reform Jews in the immigration reform process – a comprehensive approach to keeping families together, humane and balanced border protection, a pathway to citizenship and workplace protections for all. Rabbis in yesterday’s meetings urged their legislators to ensure the inclusion in final legislation of these policies, which uphold the humanitarian principles central to the Reform Movement.
Among those in attendance were Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) leaders such as Rabbi Seth Limmer, Program Director for the Religious Action Center Rabbi Michael Namath, and rabbis from congregations across the country, from Raleigh, NC to South Bend, IN to Livingston, NJ. These advocates came as a part of Rabbis Organizing Rabbis, a joint initiative of Just Congregations of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Justice and Peace Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
Our tradition commands, “tzedek tzedek tirdof” – “justice, justice you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). Yesterday, our rabbis embodied this principle through an admirable and tireless pursuit of justice on behalf of the millions of immigrants who need and deserve reform.