By Irene Lehrer Sandalow, writing from Washington
Historic moment. Today is the vote on healthcare reform in the U.S. House. I am headed to Washington to march and lobby with others from JCUA and the Jewish community on behalf of immigration reform.
Jewish History feels real today. Just like 3,000 years ago, when Moses and Aaron urged Pharaoh to “Let my people go, ” today 100,000 people are expected in DC, urging Congress to let our people stay.
Tarik Kemper, JCUA’s intern from Germany (he is in the Action Reconciliation Service for Peace program) is on the bus from Chicago to DC, joining more than 130 buses leaving Illinois for the march
Tom Walsh, JCUA’s director of advocacy, left on Thursday to volunteer with Reform Immigration for America. Jane Ramsey, JCUA executive director, is already in DC, ready to take part in faith-based activities today. Peggy Slater, a JCUA board member, is also involved.
Today’s schedule includes a bagel brunch for Jewish leaders at the Hillel International Office, an interfaith service at the National Mall, and a major rally on the mall.
This evening at 6:00 pm (Eastern time), there’s an informational and inspirational National Jewish Conference Call. The public is invited, but you must register here:
Tomorrow, our group we will be lobbying our representatives along with the Chicago Religious Leadership Network.