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Hilary Cohen Singer

For many years, the United States Refugee Admissions Program was a minor government activity, quietly saving lives under the radar of public attention. With the rise of ISIS and this year’s combative presidential election cycle, it has become divisive, with powerful feelings among both those who consider it a vital humanitarian program, and those for whom security is paramount.

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This summer, these young men have been studying every weekday morning. They will be heading to their respective schools on Monday and will be honored at Shabbos services on Aug. 27. They are Chaim Miller (from left), Raviv Horesh, Eli Noam-Horesh, Ilan Horesh and Ezra Smith. Not shown is Benyamin Wolff and Oliver Miller.

In the past few months, many of us have experienced an incredible inspiring adventure with several young men. These young men grew up in K.C., were motivated by NCSY, left to learn in Israel/New York, and returned this summer to be with family and friends.

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Members of the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project trip to Israel this summer took this photo on top of the Aish building in the Old City. The group included Dini Freed (first row, from left), Deb Brown, Susan Ullman, Stacey Gotskind and Anneliese Brock. Second row: Andrea Baran, Amy Franklin, Myra Karasik, Andrea Levitan, Melinda Janofsky and Karen Loggia.

I just experienced the most spiritual, beautiful love affair that one person could ask for in a land that is so much a part of my soul that I long to be there for eternity. Of course I am speaking of Eretz Yisrael.

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Democrats proposals meaningless

Equal pay for women. Raise the minimum wage to $15. Free college tuition. Immigration reform. Enhanced social security. The list of goodies Hillary promised at the Democratic convention goes on and on, breathtakingly. She says she will continue the Obama agenda.

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Charles Jacobs

Over 10 major Jewish organizations are lobbying for the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. HIAS, known in the past as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society whose heroic work helped Jews fleeing from pogroms, is in the forefront of this effort.

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Record of immigrant integration excellent

All American Jews are familiar with the U.S. government’s shameful rejection of Jewish refugees during World War II.

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Remembering the hidden Holocaust

On Sunday’s edition of “60 Minutes,” (Aug. 7, 2016, repeated from Oct. 4, 2015) there was the story of a French Catholic priest, Father Patrick Desbois, who has made it his life’s work to uncover and document the hidden Holocaust.

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Acknowledging our shared success story

Last week I had the opportunity to review the press release, “KU Hillel Success Story,” about Scott Bratt’s new position as the Denver/Boulder City manager for One Table.

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Charles Jacobs’ July 21 guest editorial, “Typical School Day in Syria: Jews are our Enemies,” describes the horrendous anti-Semitism in official Syrian textbooks and calls for the United States to screen Syrian refugees for evidence of anti-Semitic views in advance of their being considered for asylum.

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Rabbi Debbie Stiel

(Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the August edition of Temple Beth Sholom’s Bulletin.) 

Last year my August bulletin was titled “Living in a Worrisome World.”

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