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  • In Search of a Better Life.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 weeks ago

    He was only twelve years old.  All he had was a bike and a kiss from his parents.  He left his village in Iran to travel to the capital in search of a better life.  He died surrounded by his children and a loving community at 86.

    If you showed up late to his memorial and missed...

  • Welcoming the stranger

    November 25, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    On almost every emerging issue of public policy, our community asks the same question, either in audible or hushed voices: “Is it good for the Jews?” In the matter of President Barack Obama’s recent decision to defer and sideline prosecutions that might have resulted in the...

  • Channeling Purim’s Esther, Jewish women fast for immigration reform

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 13, 2014 | 12:04 pm

    While many devout Jews across the United States and elsewhere observed the pre-Purim tradition of fasting on Thursday, March 13, more than 200 Jewish women and men are going without food today for a different cause: immigration reform.

    This year, members and supporters of the...

  • Self-inflicted wounds

    By Steve Greenberg

    July 17, 2013 | 12:16 pm

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  • The proposed reforms, rights and regulations

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 2, 2013 | 10:43 am

    Immigration Reform: Officially called “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” the Senate bill passed on June 26 with bipartisan support from 68 senators. The bill increases the number of temporary visas available for high- and low-skilled...

  • Jewish values inspire immigration reform

    May 22, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Gabby’s grandmother is dying.

    Of all the stories of the human condition, in many ways, this is quite ordinary. It’s a story of an elderly grandmother and her granddaughter; of familial love and loss. But this story is far more complicated because Gabby hasn’t seen her grandmother...

  • 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...

  • Immigration reform: no longer so controversial, but not inevitable either

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 25, 2013 | 12:28 pm

    When Jesse Gabriel, an alumnus from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ New Leaders Project, explained why he and two other members of the 2012 cohort decided to host a discussion of immigration reform on April 23, he said they selected the topic precisely “because we...

  • 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...

  • A gridlock bypass in Congress?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    February 27, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    A remarkable thing happened in Washington, D.C., last week. National leaders of business and labor hammered out an outline on immigration reform. This might not only give a major boost to a new immigration policy; it might also show a path around the gridlock that has driven the...

  • Groups press Senate on legalizing undocumented migrants

    December 13, 2010 | 2:19 pm

    Jewish groups urged the U.S. Senate to pass legislation that would legalize undocumented immigrants.

    The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed the DREAM Act, which offers a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States before they were 16 and...

  • Sermon on Immigration Reform

    May 3, 2010 | 3:38 pm

    Most scholars agree that the first Jewish settlement of any significant size in the new world occurred when a small band of refugees, 23 Sephardic Jews (or Jews of Spanish heritage) from Brazil, came to New Amsterdam (New York) in 1654. They came seeking the rights of free men and...

  • Briefs: Immigration proposal gets mixed reaction from Jewish organizations; U.S. firm fined for aiding Arab boycott

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Mixed Reaction to Compromise Immigration Reform

    Jewish groups had mixed reactions to an immigration reform plan that would grant earned legalization to immigrants contributing to American society. The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) said the compromise package agreed to last...
  • Seders:  A great time to discuss immigration

    By Simon Greer

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One year ago, as Jews across the country sat down at Passover seder with their friends and family, immigrant communities and their allies were standing up.

    The impetus for these mass mobilizations, the likes of which we have not seen in a generation, was an attempt by Republicans in...

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