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Sunday, January 20 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Modern Day Immigration Insights from Sarah, Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael

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In Genesis 21, Sarah demands that the Egyptian Hagar and Ishmael be expelled. Sarah turns to Abraham to make it happen. God gets involved communicating with Abraham, hearing Ishmael's cries and calling out to Hagar. This session will be a deep reading of Genesis 21:9-21 (and a few rabbinic interpretations on these verses) to see what insights we can learn about the Torah's message about treating immigrants, the impulse to expel that which threatens us and the process of dehumanizing. The Torah text has some powerful lessons about immigration and deportation, full of relevance for today's debates.

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Jill Borodin

Rabbi, Congregation Beth Shalom
Jill Borodin is the senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in the north end of Seattle. She has been in Seattle since 2005 and is a native of Toronto, Canada and loves text study, art, creativity and being outdoors. Jill Borodin is passionate about the issue of immigration and the... Read More →

Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST