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Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness
Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness
Dear friends, if you are in the greater Spokane area, you are welcome to attend UUJA's Shabbat service this Friday, June 21, at 6:15 PM; at the Spokane Convention Center, Room 401 ABC. And, we hope to webcast the service on this page, for everyone (adjust time for your zone!). If you are attending the UUA General Assembly, stop by our booth (#340) in the exhibit hall!
Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness
Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness
"At its best, institutional religion demands that we reach for the holy within us and that we take action to create human societies grounded in justice, freedom and peace"
Rabbi Rachel Timoner
Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness
Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness shared a post.
80 years ago today, the United States turned away the MS St. Louis, a ship full of German Jews fleeing the Nazi regime.

Instead of welcoming refugees seeking asylum, the American government refused to accept them. They claimed that they would pose a security risk and put American citizens in danger.

Every person on the ship was sent back. 254 of them were murdered in the Holocaust.

That same year, Congress voted down a bill to take in 20,000 Jewish refugee children.

The parallels to today are clear, and they are horrifying. The Trump administration’s anti-immigrant, anti-refugee policies — detaining asylum seekers, separating children from their families, banning Muslims, dehumanizing entire communities — come from the same fear and hatred Jews on the St. Louis faced in 1939.

Turning away the St. Louis in 1939 was wrong.

Turning away refugees and detaining and deporting asylum seekers in 2019 is wrong too.

As Jews, we’ve seen this before. We refuse to let it happen now. Because never again means never again for everyone.
Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness
Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness
Walk in the way of the good, and keep to the paths of the just.
- Proverbs 2:20
Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness
Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness
"If you wait until the wind and weather are just right, you will never
plant anything and never harvest anything." Ecclesiastes 11:4