🧵 Welcoming the stranger — the immigrant, the refugee, the asylum-seeker — is one of Judaism's most core values. The Torah commands us no fewer than 36 times to care for those whose homeland, language, social network, and resources may be elsewhere.
We hear this more than any other commandment in our most sacred of texts, perhaps because it’s all too tempting, when things are going well for us, to forget. So the Torah has to remind us, again and again, until we remember.
There is no easy solution to what is happening in Afghanistan. But our history, our tradition, our humanity calls us to act. Here are four ways you can help:
✅ Advocate.
Sign @NCJW’s petition to the Biden administration urging swift evacuation and resettlement of thousands of Afghans in imminent danger. ncjw.org/act/action/afg…
✅ Educate.
Join @HIASrefugees for a briefing on Monday, Aug 23 at 4:00pm ET on the current state of affairs in Afghanistan, what it means for those left behind, what to expect for refugees moving forward, and how you can take action. Register here: hias.org/events/public-…
✅ Volunteer.
Afghan refugees will be arriving in the United States as soon as flights can start leaving Kabul, and we will need volunteers to help welcome them. Contact a @HIASrefugees resettlement partner or another local refugee agency to sign up: hias.org/what/resettlem…
✅ Share.
Raise awareness on what is happening in Afghanistan, the importance of welcoming the stranger, and how your network can get involved by RTing posts like this or posting your own using these graphics and sample posts: drive.google.com/drive/folders/…
For more than 125 years, @NCJW has boldly imagined a world where women, children, and families are fully valued and supported. This vision is more important than ever as we remember what the Torah teaches us and heed the moral imperative to do our part to welcome the stranger.

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26 Oct 20
Amy Coney Barrett is about to be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice. There was nothing about this process that was normal. We can’t act like it was. THREAD

#WeDissent #RuthsRevolution #CourtsMatter #NotNormal
It is not normal to announce support for a Supreme Court justice nominee before anyone has been named.
It is not normal to move forward with a nominee before the previous justice was buried.
Read 17 tweets
19 Oct 20
The World Zionist Congress, which has the power to allocate a billion dollars in money annually in Israel, has been ablaze with major issues around voice & power this week. Here’s a thread summing up the drama & implications between the progressive and right wing voting blocks.
TL;DR: Right wing groups banded together and have the majority numbers so they decided to propose to change the rules and make it so that progressive groups can’t vote on certain leadership positions or influence particular money. #wzc2020
That billion dollars impacts every aspect of Israeli society & global Jewish life, whether you are talking about gender equity, LGBTQ equality, the occupation, religious pluralism, or economic justice. The decisions here will impact women and families in the short and long term.
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12 Aug 19
I’m a fan of @Daroff, too. But quoting only men and referring to William as the King of Twitter and Malcolm as King of the Jews, without even acknowledging gender as one of the primary issues for @Conf_of_Pres to navigate is not okay. @OmriNahmias m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Who-i…
Just as a reminder, when Michael Steinhardt sexually harassed me he continuously referred to himself as the King of Israel. Kings are not the model of leadership we should be aspiring towards. They are often known for abusing power and abusing women.
There are plenty of qualified women to comment on world events and Jewish leadership. @OmriNahmias, if you had asked us you would have learned that gender dynamics are a top issue that @Conf_of_Pres must deal with under @Daroff. And I’m eager to be a partner to him in that work.
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31 Jul 19
On my way to my 1st ever @Conf_of_Pres meeting, which is focused on Anti-Semitism. COP brings together leaders of major Jewish orgs as a way to leverage impact in the US & Israel. What messages do you want me to share w/ this group? What issues do you wish we were addressing?
11/13 morning speakers are men, including all “experts”. I know plenty of experts on antisemitism who are women and will plan to share that with COP.
In the meantime, would love to see the men from the experts panel commit to only speaking on future panels that include women. @IrwinCotler @JGreenblattADL @DavidHarrisAJC, what do you say?
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