Jewish Voices on the Travel Banby Natalie Jacobs February 27, 2017
More than 1,900 rabbis across the country, including five from San Diego, signed a letter initiated by HIAS, the global refugee resettlement and support agency, imploring elected officials to “ensure that the refugee program be maintained and strengthened for refugees of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.” In a rare show of unity, all four of the major American Jewish denominations issued statements condemning or criticizing the executive order that was to halt refugee resettlement for 120 days (and indefinitely for those from war-ravaged Syria). Conversely, the Zionist Organization of America championed the travel ban. While the executive order has been blocked by the courts and is supposedly being re-written, it is still worth exploring the moral questions that its implementation brought up.
Excerpts from four op-eds on this topic were published in the March, 2017 print edition of the San Diego Jewish Journal. The full text of these letters are online here: