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  • Welcome the refugees

    6 days ago

    In the 1940s, politicians and the State Department saw the war ravaging Europe and said only Christians could enter this country as refugees, and only a select few at that. No Jews welcome here. A favorite argument for turning away Jews fleeing Europe was that they somehow had been...

  • Your Reaction to Islam Will Define Who You Are.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 week ago

    Your relationship with Islam will define you as a person.

    Once, as a child, I asked a poor gardener who lived in a neighbor’s garage with three sick children and an ailing wife, why he always smiled. I loved his wisdom. I saw him daily, and he never complained. “My son, Allah is...

  • Jewish groups ‘disappointed’ over GOP’s stance on refugees

    1 week ago

    Republican governors and presidential candidates came under fire on Monday by their Democratic counterparts and several Jewish organizations for suggesting to halt any effort of welcoming Syrian refugees into the United States, citing the fear of ISIS infiltrators, in the aftermath...

  • Some fear refugee center planned for Amsterdam’s Jewish heart

    October 27, 2015 | 11:18 am

    In Buitenveldert, a quiet residential area of the Dutch capital, special forces soldiers are watching over a Jewish school from inside unmarked cars.

    About half of the Netherlands’ 40,000 Jews live here and in the adjacent suburb of Amstelveen, the only areas of the country with...

  • Remember the Refugees

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    October 16, 2015 | 5:07 pm

    Update: The great new doc I reviewed last time, East L.A. Interchange won Best Feature Film at the New Urbanism Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Highland Park Independent Film Festival.  Well-deserved!

    Nod to reality: This post won’t be...

  • Should Europe take in a million Muslim refugees?

    By Dennis Prager

    September 24, 2015 | 10:29 am

    Should Europe take in about a million Syrian and other Muslim refugees? Should America take in tens of thousands? 

    In a recent column in the British newspaper The Guardian, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the distinguished former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, argued passionately in...

  • Citing Kindertransport, British Jewish clergy urge UK to take in more refugees

    September 22, 2015 | 11:36 am

    More than 100 British Jewish clergy signed a letter urging the United Kingdom to take in more Syrian refugees.

    In a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron, the rabbis and cantors referenced the 10,000 Jewish children that the United Kingdom rescued from the Nazis between...

  • Will German welcome of refugees come at Jews’ expense?

    September 21, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    The migrants sit slumped together on the sidewalk outside the State Office for Health and Social Affairs here, resting on donated sleeping bags, clutching food handouts, smoking, sleeping, fiddling with their cellphones.

    They have come to this city by the tens of thousands,...

  • ...For You Were Strangers in Egypt

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    September 18, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    This Rosh HaShanah, we celebrated the birthday of the world and allowed ourselves to feel the awe and vulnerability that goes with being a creature—mortal, fallible, limited, situated and just grossly imperfect generally.

    This year, in my Rosh HaShanah sermon, I offered some...

  • Ahmed’s Clock

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    September 16, 2015 | 5:32 pm

    Shana Tova, Happy New Year and welcome back to our national reality. A 14-year-old technonerd in Texas was arrested for possession of a homemade clock, which he had designed himself. Yes, of course, this young man is Muslim, dark-skinned and…well, that’s it, really.

    Most of you...

  • As Europe takes in migrants, Israel tries to keep them out

    September 8, 2015 | 10:09 am

    With hundreds of thousands of refugees pouring across the borders of the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a landmark change in policy last month: Germany would begin to accept Syrian refugees, no matter how they got there.

    Four days later, Israeli...

  • Germany’s moral courage

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 7, 2015 | 2:46 pm

    Around 7 a.m. last Sunday, The New York Times landed on my balcony with a thud, like it always does. It woke me up and startled my cats, like it usually does, until we all realized it’s the same old, same old, and lay our heads down again.

    But when I finally emerged about an hour...

  • Germany’s moral courage

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 7, 2015 | 8:48 am

    Around 7 a.m. last Sunday, The New York Times landed on my balcony with a thud, like it always does. It woke me up and startled my cats, like it usually does, until we all realized it’s the same old, same old, and lay our heads down again.

    But when I finally emerged about an hour...

  • Today a Child Washed up Ashore.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 2, 2015 | 3:11 pm

    Not a bird, nor fish, nor seaweed.

    Today a child washed up ashore.
    His sin?  Birth into a cruel world.
    Shunned by shameless shenanigans.
    Not even a basket to house this baby Moses.
    Landless- worse than homeless.

    I see him flying into the open arms of waves,
    Away from...

  • Revenge of the Dishwasher

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 21, 2015 | 10:50 am

    Some say the world will end in fire,

    Some say in ice.

    From what I've tasted of desire

    I hold with those who favor fire.

    But if it had to perish twice,

    I think I know enough of hate

    To say that for destruction ice

    Is also great

    And would suffice.


  • Court frees scores of Eritrean, Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel

    November 10, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    Israel will release 138 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers who the nation’s Supreme Court ruled were being held illegally.

    Thursday’s ruling was in response to a petition filed by the nonprofit organization The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants.

    Following the decision, the...

  • WATCH: Refugee Passover Seder in Holot

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 13, 2014 | 5:01 am

    Last month, Jews around the world celebrated the holiday of Passover. At our Seder tables, we retell the story of the Israelites exodus from Egypt and liberation from slavery and oppression. Since 2007, Israelis and Internationals have organized annual "Refugee Seders" to recognize...

  • Refugee Social Order Edition 2014

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 5, 2014 | 5:43 am

    Every year Jews gather around Seder tables to tell a defining origin story of our people - our deliverance from bondage and oppression at the hands of the Egyptians. Contained in this story is the source of Jewish ethics, reflections on history and dreams for the future. But the...

  • Bechol Dor Va’Dor: How You Can Make a Difference this Passover

    By Maya Paley

    April 7, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    In every generation one is obligated to view oneself as though one personally came out of Egypt.” –Haggadah

    Bechol dor va dor chayav adam lir’ot et atzmo ke’ilu hu yatza mi’mitzraim.

    I sing that song every year during the Passover Seder. It has always had an effect on me,...

  • Who’s afraid of the African asylum seekers of South Tel Aviv?

    By Simone Wilson

    January 23, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    As a general rule in Tel Aviv, if your taxi driver is still gabbing about a national news event — more often than not, with a conservative slant — you can bet the topic is also trending citywide.

    And of five taxi drivers this reporter has flagged down over the past week, four...

  • The forgotten refugees of Ghouta, Syria

    By Simone Wilson

    December 12, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    The most infamous attack over two-and-a-half years of civil war in Syria – a silent sarin gassing in the city of Ghouta that killed more than 1,500 and sent allied countries to the brink of world war – came in the middle of the night.

    When I woke up, I found that everyone in my...

  • NGO: Eritrean asylum seekers pressured to leave Israel

    February 15, 2013 | 5:17 am

    Israel attempted to deport 25 Eritrean asylum seekers in violation of international conventions, according to an Israeli NGO supporting the rights of migrants.

    A group of some 25 Eritrean refugees were pressured by Israeli immigration officials to sign a declaration saying they...

  • 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...

  • French Nazi hunter: Swiss Shoah record better than believed

    February 14, 2013 | 4:51 am

    Swiss authorities turned away only 3,000 Jewish refugees during the Holocaust and not 24,500 as believed, French Nazi hunter and historian Serge Klarsfeld said.

    Klarsfeld told Switzerland’s Der Sonntag newspaper that the figure of 24,500 came from imprecise archive material...

  • By the numbers: Rising Syrian death toll, refugee wave

    January 30, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Here is a look at the rising human cost of Syria's civil war as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon announced on Wednesday that international donors had pledged more than $1.5 billion to aid displaced Syrians, meeting a U.N. target.


    - The United Nations said earlier this...

  • Syrian rebels battle army near Damascus

    December 11, 2012 | 9:51 am

    Syrian rebels clashed with forces loyal to President Bashar Assad near Damascus airport on Tuesday, battling for the capital's outskirts after 20 months of conflict which the United Nations said has driven half a million people from the country.

    Fighting near the airport, 12...

  • Syria pushes world refugee total towards record, U.N. says

    October 1, 2012 | 9:15 am

    With tens of thousands fleeing Syria every month, the number of refugees worldwide in 2012 is set to be the highest this century, a senior United Nations official said on Monday.

    Antonio Guterres, the body's High Commissioner for Refugees, told his UNHCR agency's executive...

  • Jewish Refugees Re-emerges as Issue for Israel-Palestinian Peace

    September 10, 2012 | 10:54 am

    A conference in Jerusalem has launched an element new to the mix of public prattle but nevertheless replete with historical bona fides: the rights of 850,000 Jewish refugees forced from Arab countries between 1948 and 1951 and certified as refugees by the United Nations.

  • Compensate Jewish refugees from Arab countries, conference urges

    September 10, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Speakers at a conference on Middle Eastern and North African Jewish refugees called for legislative initiatives to support compensation for the refugees.

    The conference, which began Sunday night and ends Monday, took place in Jerusalem under the title “Justice for Jewish Refugees...

  • Israel steps up recognition of Jewish refugees

    September 5, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Naim Reuven was only 8 when he left Baghdad more than 50 years ago, but he still remembers going with his father to catch fish in the Tigris River.

    His dad worked in a laundromat, a middle-class father of six and one of Iraq’s more than 100,000 Jews. Baghdad’s Jewish community...

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