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June 2nd, 2018

​Children who have crossed the border ....I see you. 
I see your hope, I see your desire for peace and a safe home. 
I see your eyes longing for goodness, respect, and hope. 
I see you... Will they? 

Children who have crossed the border... I see you. 
I see your mistreatment, your humiliation, your pain. 
I see your broken hearts, your poverty, your fear. 
I see you ... will they?

Children who have crossed the border... I see you
I see your potential, your courage, your strength. 
I see your place in America, in the world, in my future. 
I see you ... will they? 

People who have always lived across the border... how do you see them? 
Do you see a child longing for your embrace? 
Do you see the value of their culture? 
Do you see your sons’ and your daughters’ new best friends?

People who live on this side of the border ... open the eyes of your heart and see.
Be filled with compassion this day-
Be filled with conversion this day-
Be filled with the love of your Lord this day- 
And remember what he said ... "What you did for the least of these, you did to me."

(Dr. Rev. Karen Jones)

God, in whose image all humanity was fashioned, may You bless all of humanity with peace and kindness.

I am sorry I cannot be with you tonight, but I thank you for taking this moment to call attention to the treatment to the immigrants who have come to our country.

The Jewish tradition has a clear teaching about treating immigrants with kindness. In Leviticus we are commanded:

When strangers sojourn with you in your land, you shall not do them wrong. The strangers who sojourn with you shall be to you as the natives among you, and you shall love them as yourself.

From biblical mandate to rabbinic teachings – and from our great philosophers to the historical narrative of the Jewish people – we are taught over and over to care for everyone in our midst – native and immigrant.  We take that commandment to heart - and recognize that we have a divine task before us:

to give voice to the voiceless,
to remember the forgotten,
and to love those in suffering.

There is not easy fix to our broken immigration system, but let us begin with recognizing the humanity in one another.  From there, may we create policies of love and strength and uplift.

May God watch over us,
May God give strength unto God’s people,

(Rabbi Katz)


In the name of God, the most merciful, we call upon you to watch over us in these difficult times.  

As my community is in the middle of celebrating Ramdan – we are required to fast from sunup to sundown as a way to purify ourselves. And in those hours of purification, we are called to reflect on how we can better serve God Almighty.

And taking care of the most vulnerable among us is considered holy work.  Our immigrant friends and neighbors need to know that we are with them in their time of need.  As they struggle, so we struggle. Let us work to build a community where my immigrant friends and neighbors are not demonized or terrorized.  Let us – instead - act with compassion and love.

All too often, we politicize our immigrant friends and neighbors, but we need to take moments like this, and step away from politics – and remember that we are all human.  And we all have holy potential. I am on the board of Justice for Our Neighbors because I want to help my friends and neighbors know peace and security. That is my holy task.  

In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful.

Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations, that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other. If the enemy incline towards peace, you should also incline towards peace, and trust in God, for the Lord is the one that hears and knows all things. And the servants of God, Most Gracious are those who walk on the Earth in humility - and when we address them, we say SALAAM - “PEACE.”

​(Anwar Khalifa)