Archive for : Immigration

Jewish delegation witnesses ‘heartbreaking’ situation at border detention centers and courthouse

This article originally appeared in The JTA on August 19, 2018. Repair the World’s President & CEO David Eisner was part of the delegation of national Jewish leaders who went to the border to observe the migrant crisis. 

by Josefin Dolsten

A delegation of Jewish leaders from 17 organizations is visiting detention and migrant facilities on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The 27-person delegation visited detention centers in San Diego on Tuesday and is traveling to asylum-seeker shelters in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday.

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Jewish Leaders on HIAS-ADL Trip Witness Border Crisis Up Close

This article originally appeared on the HIAS blog on August 24, 2018. Repair the World’s President & CEO David eisner was part of the delegation of national Jewish leaders who went to the border to observe the migrant crisis.

by Sharon Samber and Bill Swersey, HIAS.org

Sometimes you have to see things for yourself.

That is just what 27 leaders from 17 national Jewish organizations did this week as part of a delegation led by HIAS and the Anti-Defamation League to view firsthand the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Jewish Leaders Will Cross U.S.-Mexico Border To Observe Migrant Crisis

This article originally appeared in The Forward on August 19, 2018. Repair the World’s President & CEO David Eisner was part of the delegation of national Jewish leaders who went to the border to observe the migrant crisis. 

By Alyssa Fisher

More than 40 leaders of national Jewish organizations will meet in San Diego, California, on Tuesday to cross the border into Mexico to witness the migrant crisis.

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Turn the Tables: A Refugee-Focused Seder in Kansas City

This interview is being shared as part of #SupportforRefugees, Repair the World’s campaign focusing on the global refugee crisis. All across the country this Passover, people found ways to share refugees’ stories during their seders and to talk about the issues they face. Using resources and materials from Repair the World’s Turn the Tables project, they were able to add additional meaning and spark important conversations at their tables. Here, Kansas City resident, Malinda Kimmel, talks about her experience hosting a Turn the Tables seder for friends and family from a wide range of political backgrounds.

What inspired you to host a refugee-focused Passover seder?
For me and my family, this seder made sense. Refugee issues are something we are passionate about, and Pesach is a story of leaving one country for another to come to freedom and safety. Also, three of our seder participants work at JVS Kansas City, an organization that works to resettle new refugees into our community. The seder allowed us to share with others the importance of refugee resettlement in our community.

How did you weave refugee issues into the seder?
We began our seder with the Turn the Tables guided discussion. We made sure all guests understood our seder was to be a safe space for open discussion and respectful conversation. Our guests really jumped in and opened up, allowing us to talk about the connection between Jews in Egypt and others now who flee their countries for freedom and safety.
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