This Executive Order—this Muslim Ban—is an egregious manifestation of Mitzrayim … and even if it is stayed or amended, it is clear we are going to need to remain awake and resilient…. Egypt is upon us, friends, and we’re going to need to be BRAVE, to LOVE bravely – across lines and despite fears.
This Sunday, February 12th, HIAS is calling for a National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees at rallies in 16 cities -- join one near you!
With festivities staged in rickety shelters open to the sky, Sukkot seemed to us like an ideal time to honor the situation of the almost 70 million refugees worldwide who sleep every night in these kinds of dwellings. In a state that has refused to accept any refugees from an escalating Syrian civil war, we hoped to use the holiday to jumpstart our solidarity with these displaced people.
But maybe that’s a false dichotomy: maybe the kinds of global connections created by popular music, by Prince specifically, can also link us to struggles for justice. Popular music provides an index of sound and memory. It is intensely personal, but also widely shared. And maybe this sharing is revolutionary: bread and roses, Prince and The Revolution.
Contact your senator to oppose the anti-Syrian refugee bill "America SAFE Act," says the largest Jewish immigrant and refugee aid organization.
Join Rabbi Jennie Rosenn and Winnie Gacheru of HIAS for a discussion of the refugee crisis.