The Rabbinical Council of America and Orthodox Union Reject Religious Test for Immigration

Posted on December 9, 2015 In Press Releases

Contact: Roslyn Singer
Director of Communications, OU Advocacy


The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America reject calls to limit immigration to the United States based on religion.

Allen Fagin, executive vice president of the Orthodox Union, said, “We call on all Americans to reaffirm that discrimination of any group solely upon religion is wrong and anathema to the great traditions of religious and personal freedoms upon which this country was founded.”

Rabbi Shalom Baum, president of the RCA, said, “The RCA recognizes that the complex issues that face us in ensuring the safety and security from terror of innocents and free societies throughout the world need to be addressed, but need to be done in sober and responsible ways. We call upon all Americans and the United States government to recognize the threats posed by radical Islamists, while preserving and protecting the rights of all people who seek peace, no matter how they worship God. ”

As Jewish Agency Chairman and former dissident Natan Sharansky reminded us, “We should not permit ourselves to turn our legitimate fears and threats and challenges of terror into hatred of the other, into dismissing whole national or religious groups of people. That’s why extreme remarks in one or another way are very dangerous.”