Jewish Clergy Against the Deportations

Jewish Clergy Against the Deportations

We invite rabbis, cantors, and rabbinical or cantorial students to add your name to ask the State of Israel to stop plans to deport asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan, and to grant these asylum seekers a fair chance to seek refuge in Israel. 

Now is the time to speak out. Add your name below:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

We write as Jewish clergy from around the world to urge you to stop the deportations of asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea who have sought refuge in Israel.

As a country founded by refugees, and whose early leaders helped to craft the 1951 International Convention on the Status of Refugees, Israel must not deport those seeking asylum within its borders. We Jews know far too well what happens when the world closes its doors to those forced to flee their homes.

The asylum seekers who have come to Israel are escaping torture, enslavement, and war. We are angered by reports that many of those who have been deported to Africa have already suffered rape, robbery, torture, and human trafficking.

We urge your government to start living up to Israel’s international responsibilities as spelled out in the International Convention on the Status of Refugees. This includes providing asylum seekers a fair chance to file applications for refugee status, and refraining from deporting asylum seekers to countries that cannot guarantee their safety. This also entails that your government begin to examine these applications in an effective, fair, transparent, and impartial manner.

The Torah teaches, “The ger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were gerim in the land of Egypt” (Leviticus 19:34). Our own experience of slavery and liberation, and our own experience as refugees, compel us to act with mercy and justice toward those seeking refuge among us. Please affirm these Jewish values, as well as Israel’s international commitments, by stopping the deportations.

Rabbi Jonathan Blake
Rabbi Sharon Brous, IKAR
Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, New Israel Fund
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Hebrew College
Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Progressive Zionist Caucus
Rabbi Elliot Dorff, American Jewish University
Rabbi Amy Eilberg
Rabbi David Ellenson
Rabbi Lawrence Englander
Rabbi Laura Geller, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills
Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, HIAS
Rabbi Arthur Green, Hebrew College
Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt
Rabbi Shai Held
Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann
Rabba Sara Hurwitz
Rabbi Jill Jacobs, T'ruah
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Reform Judaism in the UK
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, T'ruah
Rabbi Jay Kornsgold
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Lab/Shul NYC
Rabbi Robert Levine, Congregation Rodeph Sholom NYC
Rabbi Asher Lopatin
Rabbi Brian Lurie
Rabbi Roly Matalon, B'nai Jeshurun NYC
Rabbi Lea Muhlstein, Arzenu, Jewish Agency Board of Governors
Rabbi Daniel Nevins
Rabbi Aaron Panken, HUC-JIR
Rabbi Lee Paskind
Rabbi Ephraim Pelcovits, New Israel Fund
Rabbi Scott Perlow
Rabbi Danny Rich, Liberal Judaism in the UK
Rabbi Jennie Rosenn
Rabbi John Rosove, Temple Israel of Hollywood LA, ARZA
Rabbi Sid Schwarz, Hazon
Rabbi Felicia Sol, B'nai Jeshurun NYC
Rabbi Shira Stutman, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Rabbi Rachel Timoner
Rabbi Gordon Tucker
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities
Rabbi Elyse Wechterman, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Rabbi Josh Weinberg, ARZA
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

**We request that only rabbis, cantors, and rabbinical or cantorial students sign this statement.**
**Affiliations will be listed for identification purposes only.**


1-25 of 950 signatures
Number Date Name Organization Location
950 3 weeks ago Aviva Rosenbloom Emerita, Temple Israel of Hollywood Al;tadena, CA , US
949 1 month ago Lawrence Troster Kesher Israel Congregation West Chester, PA , US
948 1 month ago Alan Cohen Rabbi Emeritus Congregation Beth Shalom Boynton Beach , FL , US
947 1 month ago linda pachter HERJC Hewlett, NY , US
946 1 month ago Nicholas Lenchner Mr. Santa Rosa, CA , US
945 1 month ago Linda Banta Ms. corona, NY , US
944 1 month ago Tina Tine' Knoxville, TN , US
943 1 month ago Georgia Shankel Georgia Shankel Communications Chicago, IL , US
942 1 month ago Arthur Schurr Brooklyn, NY , US
941 1 month ago Toby Ann Reese Valley City, OH , US
940 1 month ago Tara Spires Broomfield, CO , US
939 1 month ago Michael Zoosman College Park, MD , US
938 2 months ago Arnold and Amy Weintraub West End Synagogue New York, NY , US
937 2 months ago Rachel Peikes West End synagogue New York, NY , US
936 3 months ago Shoshana Brown Ms. Fall River, MA , US
935 3 months ago Jessica K. Shimberg the little minyan kehillah Columbus, OH , US
934 3 months ago Edward Elkin First Narayever Congregation Toronto, ON , CA
933 3 months ago Jesse Paikin New York, NY , US
932 3 months ago ALEXIS BERK Rabbi NEW ORLEANS, LA , US
931 3 months ago Todd Silverman New Orleans, LA ,
930 3 months ago David Booth Kol Emeth Palo Alto, CA , US
929 3 months ago Janice Mehring Atascadero, , CA , US
928 3 months ago Michelle Fisher Brookline, MA , US
927 3 months ago Gila Caine Temple Beth Ora Edmonton, CA
926 3 months ago Itamar Cohen bitte wählen Berlin, DE
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This letter is supported by HIAS, T’ruah, Right Now, the New Israel Fund, the New Israel Fund of the United Kingdom, the New Israel Fund of Canada.