Rabbinical Assembly Calls For Supporting Syrian Refugees

Whereas the Torah enjoins us many times to treat foreigners who come to our land fairly, as in Lev. 19:34: כְּאֶזְרָח מִכֶּם יִהְיֶה לָכֶם הַגֵּר הַגָּר אִתְּכֶם וְאָהַבְתָּ לוֹ כָּמוֹךָ כִּי־גֵרִים הֱיִיתֶם בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם The strangers who reside with you shall be to you as your citizens; you shall love each one as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt; and Whereas our Rabbinic tradition forbids us to oppress the stranger, “You shall not wrong or oppress the ger(stranger), for you were gerim(strangers) in the land of Egypt (Exod 22:20) – You shall not wrong with words, and you shall not oppress financially (Mekhilta d’R. Yishmael Mishpatim, Nezikin Par. 18); and Whereas

"Word on the Hill: Actor's Fight for Syrian Refugees is Personal" [Roll Call]

Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, left, and actor F. Murray Abraham before speaking at a briefing in the Capitol Visitor Center on the issue of resettling Syrian refugees. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Click on the link below for an article from Roll Call on yesterday's joint congressional briefing featuring MFA Founder Georgette Bennet, MFA Senior Syria Advisor Shadi Martini, and acclaimed actor F. Murray Abraham, honorarily co-hosted by Rep. David Cicilline and Sen. Ed Markey who were joined by Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Rep. Luis Gutiérrez. http://www.rollcall.com/news/hoh/word-on-the-hill-f-murray-abrahams-fight-for-syrian-refugees-is-personal

Press Release: Acclaimed Actor F. Murray Abraham Appeals to Congress on Syrian Refugee Crisis

Contact: Betsy Dribben Marlene Adler betsy.dribben@multifaithalliance.org marlene.adler@multifaithalliance.org 703-821-1341 212-889-2324 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Oscar-winning actor, F. Murray Abraham – the son of a Syrian Christian refugee who found safe haven in the United States – passionately appealed to Congress to promote policies and enhance resources to resettle Syrian refugees. Speaking for the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, Abraham headlined a special May 17th Joint Congressional Briefing co-hosted by Represen

Are You More Sympathetic Because She's British, And Not Syrian?

A young British girl unwraps a package from her mum — a stuffed animal. The child's face breaks into a smile. But after this moment, her life in a war-torn London is stark: She gets a serving of gruel, reads in the dark, tries to keep warm with a cigarette lighter — then narrowly escapes a bombing, nearly drowns and is separated from her mother, who sacrifices her spot on a tugboat so her daughter can flee. The 1 minute, 34 second video — "Still the Most Shocking Second a Day" — has amassed over 314,500 views in the five days since Save the Children released it. It's the sequel to its 2014 viral video, "The Most Shocking Second a Day." The ads, created by the global charity to raise awarenes

Sesame Street’s Elmo Visits Syrian Children at Mercy Corps’ Dream Land in Za’atari Refugee Camp

Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan – The muppet Elmo and characters from Hikayat Simsim, the locally produced Jordanian version of the children’s television program “Sesame Street,” entertained some 500 children today with an educational program at Mercy Corps' Dream Land, a child-friendly space in Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. The children, refugees from Syria’s five-year conflict, learned about mutual respect and understanding as they watched episodes of Hikayat Simsim, met Elmo and other costumed characters and received coloring books and stickers. To read more, click here.

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