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Rabbi Joanna Samuels Speaks at the Capitol Building

On Tuesday, I was honored to participate in a press conference at our nation’s Capitol.  It was called by Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders, as well as the Reverend Dr. William Barber III (founder of the Poor People’s Campaign) in order to highlight voices of faith leaders…...

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We Stand With Immigrants, Refugees, and Children

Over the last few weeks, numerous news reports have confirmed that U.S. government agents have been forcibly separating children from their immigrant parents at our borders, and sending the children to foster homes or detention centers while their parents are sent to jail. Often, these parents do not know their…...

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A Passover Message from Executive Director Rabbi Joanna Samuels

As the Book of Exodus recounts, the Israelite people were enslaved for generations by a cruel Pharaoh in Egypt. After years of torment, God heard the cries of the people and liberated them from slavery, enabling them to cross through the Sea of Reeds to freedom.  But the story, as…...

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New York Magazine’s Golden Door Comic: Jane

This month, dive into Jane’s journey as an immigrant from the Ukraine and her process of creating her community here in New York City. Ali Fitzgerald helps bring to life Jane’s story and a new story each month through “The Golden Door” series. These comics are featured in The Cut…...

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New York Magazine’s Golden Door Comic: Gina

New York Magazine’s “The Golden Door” series by artist Ali Fitzgerald tells the stories of members of New York City’s immigrant community interviewed right here at Manny Cantor Center. This month’s column in the series features Gina, a Weinberg member who immigrated to America at just 19 and learned English watching Sesame Street,…...

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