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  • What a GOP Senate would mean for the Jewish communal agenda

    2 weeks ago

    Should Republicans win the Senate and maintain control of the House of Representatives on Nov. 4 — as many observers expect them to do — the political gridlock that has characterized much of President Obama’s term is poised to intensify.

    Jewish strategies, however, will remain...

  • Just little bits of history repeating

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 10, 2014 | 1:50 pm

  • France largest source of immigration to Israel so far in 2014

    September 5, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    Reaching a 25-year high, immigration to Israel from France has become the largest single source of newcomers to Israel so far this year.

    Some 4,566 French immigrants arrived in Israel from January through Sept. 1, surpassing Russia, with 2,632 immigrants, and Ukraine, with 3,252...

  • In race for Congress, how different are candidates Elan Carr and Ted Lieu?

    By Jared Sichel

    August 6, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Democratic State Sen. Ted Lieu and Republican District Attorney Elan Carr may be competing to fill longtime Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman’s seat in November, but in an era in which the two parties rarely work together, the similarities between these two candidates are one of...

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  • The immigration debate: Children at the border

    July 23, 2014 | 3:46 pm

    Earlier this month, when I saw the images from Murrieta of anti-immigration protesters blocking a bus of undocumented women and children, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the story of the MS St. Louis, the boat of Jewish refugees that attempted to reach America in 1939.

    When I...

  • From Grizzly Bears to Gaza Rockets: Alaskan olim head for Israel

    July 21, 2014 | 1:12 pm

    Rebecca Scoggin lived in a lot of places growing up: Juneau, Nome, Fairbanks, Homer, Anchorage. But except for the two years she lived in Seattle after high school, she never lived outside Alaska.

    At least she hadn’t until a few months ago. Inspired by a Birthright trip she took...

  • With Republicans opposed, Obama vows to act on his own on immigration

    June 30, 2014 | 12:42 pm

    President Barack Obama vowed to act on his own on U.S. immigration reform on Monday after House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner told him Republicans would not permit a vote on immigration legislation this year.

    Obama, in a White House Rose Garden appearance, said he had...

  • Jewish values at heart of immigration reform

    February 12, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Last May, an unusual delegation arrived at the State Capitol building in Sacramento: a contingent of some 50 Reform Jews, clergy and lay leaders, hailing from congregations across California. They had come to campaign for the Trust Act, a bill designed to limit deportations of...

  • ‘Don’t take my daddy’: When the immigration debate hits home

    By David Suissa

    December 11, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    No matter where you sit on the immigration debate, it’s hard not to be moved by what happened to little Adam, an 8-year-old Jewish boy from the San Fernando Valley who watched his father being taken away on the morning of Oct. 18.

    Adam was holding his father’s hand as they...

  • Immigration bill: For nannies and caregivers, legal status isn’t enough

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 2, 2013 | 10:13 am

    At 2 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, Amelia Barnachea waited in a copy shop in downtown Los Angeles, shifting her weight from one foot to the other. "I’m exercising," the diminutive Filipina-American home health aide explained, looking very spry for her 72 years. 

    Barnachea, who...

  • REMINDER—-TOMORROW NIGHT AN ACCLAIMED PANEL AND AN IMPORTANT TOPIC—-SPACE IS LIMITED

    By  David A. Lehrer

    May 16, 2013 | 3:52 pm

    It's a critical time for immigration reform in this country. Washington is getting set to make major changes, the likes of which haven't been seen since the 1980's under President Ronald Reagan. The issues affect families every day, alter economies for years and touch every aspect...

  • Strangers, Immigrants and the Eglah Arufah

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    April 5, 2013 | 9:56 am

    Responsibility to the Stranger

    The Jewish tradition places a strong emphasis on our duties toward the stranger. The Rabbis returned repeatedly to the injunction: “you shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the...

  • Five Years after the Postville Immigration Raid: Revisiting Immigration Reform

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    April 4, 2013 | 6:35 am

    It feels like yesterday that Rabbi Ari Hart and I were in Postville, Iowa speaking with workers to learn about their suffering and to offer our solidarity. The tears and pain of the immigrant women and children we encountered will always be with me. But it has been five years since...

  • One voice for comprehensive immigration reform

    March 21, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Family is the foundation of American society, and united families strengthen us as individuals and as communities. Tragically, many immigrant families remain separated for years — often decades — because of our severely broken immigration system. Bureaucratic visa delays can go on...

  • Napolitano at JCPA forum lists ways to fix U.S. immigration system

    March 12, 2013 | 8:18 am

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Jewish conference that the country's immigration system is broken.

    The United States must update its visa system, institute a nationwide verification employment system and create a way for those in this country illegally to...

  • Canada puts Israel on list of democracies ‘unlikely’ to generate refugees

    February 15, 2013 | 4:42 am

    Canada placed Israel on a list of "safe" countries whose citizens are unlikely to seek asylum as refugees.

    Israel and seven other countries joined a list of 27 "Designated Countries of Origin" already on the list.

    The 35 nations now on the list include the United States and...

  • Sherman’s US Visa Waiver for Israel Endangered by High Rejection Rate of Israeli Non-Immigrants

    By Pini Herman

    February 14, 2013 | 2:10 pm

    Many Israelis experience rejection by U.S. consular officers in Tel Aviv when applying for non-immigrant visas to the U.S. In 2010, 6.4 percent of the over 140 thousand Israeli U.S. non-immigrant visa applicants, approximately 8,000 Israelis were refused a visitors visa in 2010 .

    ...
  • On the morning after, Jewish Republicans advise the party

    November 12, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Think immigration through -- again. Forget about gay marriage. And for heaven’s sake, when it comes to rape, shut up!

    The Republican Party as a whole is having the morning-afters, reconsidering how it might have done better in an election that saw the party fail to win the White...

  • If Romney wins: Five things every Jew should know about Mormonism

    By Mark Paredes

    October 19, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    1. Devout Mormons can be found all across the political spectrum.

    The Mormon Church doesn’t endorse candidates or political parties, and although most American Mormons are Republicans, a Mormon Democrat has served as the Senate Majority Leader for the last five years. Owing...

  • Berman did write DREAM Act, immigration activists say, contradicting Sherman’s heated denials.

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 12, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    During a debate on Oct. 12, Rep. Brad Sherman, in a bizarre outburst, threw his arm around Rep. Howard Berman, yelling, “Do you want to get into this?”

    “This” might have been a physical fight, or it might have been what the two Congressmen were arguing over before Sherman got...

  • At What Cost?

    By David Mamet

    July 25, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    It has been suggested that the purpose of a college education is to ease the transition into adulthood. After several decades teaching college-age students, I would agree, only substituting delay and prevent for ease.

    Eric Hoffer wrote in “The Ordeal of Change” (1963) that the...

  • In Supreme Court’s immigration ruling, Jewish groups see progress but have concerns

    June 25, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Most Jewish groups who have weighed in on Arizona’s controversial immigration law saw progress in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to repeal three of the law’s four parts, but had concerns that law enforcement officials would still be allowed to check the legal immigration status of...

  • U.S. Jewish groups condemn anti-African violence in Tel Aviv

    May 24, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    Jewish groups called on Israel to protect African migrants in Israel after riots in Tel Aviv.

    “We hope and expect that the authorities will take effective measures to protect this population from further violence and that legitimate requests by refugees to remain in Israel based on...

  • Israel will solve African migrant problem, Netanyahu assures

    May 24, 2012 | 2:43 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decried violence against African migrants following a night of violent protest.

    “There is no place for either the expressions or the actions that we witnessed last night,” Netanyahu said Thursday, a day after a demonstration in south Tel...

  • Tel Aviv protest against African migrants turns violent

    May 23, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    A demonstration in south Tel Aviv against illegal African migrants turned violent.

    More than a thousand protesters gathered Wednesday in the Hatikvah neighborhood carrying signs reading “South Tel Aviv a refugee camp” and “Infiltrators, leave our home.”

    Protesters attacked African...

  • Israel, U.S. agree on immigration fast track

    May 18, 2012 | 10:29 am

    The United States and Israel are set to add Israelis to a fast-track immigration system.

    Yediot Achronot reported Thursday that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman have agreed to add Israel to the “Global Entry” program....

  • H-1B Visa Filling Up Fast - Your Strategies & Options

    By Cedric M. Shen

    April 25, 2012 | 10:14 am

    The USCIS began accepting H-1B work visa petitions for the 2013 fiscal year on April 2, 2012. Every year, Congress allots 65,000 H-1B visas for qualified applicants with bachelor’s degrees (regular cap). An additional 20,000 are reserved for applicants with master degrees or higher...

  • Israel and the world Pt. 3- weekly news from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 15, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    * Aaron Alexander was a victim of a violent event, probably on a hatred basis. On the night of the Seder, as the young man left his synagogue in Ukraine, a group of John Does attacked him with a glass bottle. He suffered severe brain damage caused by bleeding and skull fractures. The...

  • Availability of kosher food aboard Titanic sheds light on immigration via England

    April 12, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Of the 2,225 people aboard Titanic on its maiden voyage, 1,512 perished in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic when the ship went down in the early hours of April 15, 1912.

    Charles Kennell was among the nearly 700 crew members to die that night. Born in Cape Town, South Africa,...

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