President Donald Trump’s travel ban has prompted chaos in the United States as it affects thousands of families.
Protesters have taken to the streets and airports, among other places, holding up signs like “Refugees are welcome.” Although numerous organizations are also standing up to the ridiculous new rules, one synagogue’s reaction to the executive order holds great importance as it is where the president’s grandchild attends preschool.
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner reportedly send one of their three children to Gan HaYeled Preschool at Adas Israel Congregation, a conservative synagogue in Washington's Cleveland Park.
In light of the recent immigration ban, the synagogue issued a statement in a Facebook post announcing that it was “advocating for the rights of immigrants.”
"The leadership and clergy of Adas Israel Congregation stands with the entire Conservative movement and other local organizations such as the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington in advocating for the rights of immigrants, rejecting the targeting of individuals based on religion, and calling on the U.S. government to reject policy proposals that would halt, limit, or curtail refugee resettlement in the US or prioritize certain refugees over others," the organization wrote.
It further provided a longer statement from the Jewish community, making its stance on the matter even clearer.
"Our religious tradition repeatedly forbids us from oppressing the stranger," that statement reads. "We call on the U.S. government to reject policy proposals that would halt, limit or curtail refugee resettlement in the U.S. or prioritize certain refugees over others; and urge President Trump and the U.S. Congress to instead take bold leadership by providing robust funding to support refugees around the world as well as provide necessary resources to refugees who are already resettled in the U.S.”
A group of Jewish congregants is also coming together to address the refugee crisis, as they condemn the ban.
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