In light of the recent targeted travel ban ordered by President Trump (and, as of now, blocked by the courts), stories of refugees and immigrants have been at the top of the news cycle. The stories of people coming into our country today, many of whom are fleeing harsh conditions at home, are familiar to Jewish Americans. It was not long ago, after all, that many of our collective Jewish grandparents or parents (or we ourselves) set off to America seeking a better or safer life.
In the spirit of supporting today’s refugees and immigrants, Rabbi Seth Goren (Repair the World’s Executive Director in Philadelphia) shared his grandfather’s remarkable refugee story, as well as the lessons we can take from remembering the words from Exodus 23: “Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
Can you share your family’s refugee story?