Immigration Reform and the High Holidays
This week marks the start of the Jewish month of Elul, the month that precedes Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The start of Elul is often used as a sign that it’s time to begin high holiday preparation in earnest. This preparation takes many forms – soulful introspection, last minute ticket buying, frantic menu planning. At the RAC, we use this time to think about what social justice challenges we had this year we must atone for, and what opportunities we have moving forward to do better.
This year, comprehensive immigration reform has been a priority for the RAC, and broader religious and D.C. advocacy communities. We celebrated the passage of a Senate bill and await legislation in the House of Representatives that will similarly do justice to our American and Reform Jewish values. As we move into the new year, let us think about ways that we can continue to act together to advance this crucial issue.
In addition to our other excellent high holiday guides, we have some specific resources for immigration reform and its relation to the high holidays.
- If you are a rabbi, be sure to visit our rabbi’s page or the Rabbis Organizing Rabbis page for sermon guides and audio materials.
- If you would like to write an op-ed, be sure to check out our existing articles for ideas on how to get started.
- If you would like to read past sermons on immigration reform, visit our sermon round-up.
- If you’re interested in the historical and biblical connections between Judaism and immigration, visit our immigration home page.
- And of course, no matter what else you’re looking for, be sure to tell your member of Congress that you support comprehensive reform of our immigration system based on streamlined processing, a commitment to obey the rule of law, payment of taxes owed, family reunification, and a path to citizenship.