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Interview

How American Jews Became Israeli Settlers

In a new book, “City on a Hilltop,” historian Sara Yael Hirschhorn tries to understand what brought Americans Jews to the most contentious real estate on earth—and how their presence there shapes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

By Michael Schulson

Essay

The Conservative Tradition of Welcoming Refugees

Nearly three decades after my family came to the United States, refugees today anxiously hold their breath because what seemed certain to us—that we would be welcomed in our new home—is no longer so obvious.

By Gene Zubovich

Essay

The Sanctuary Movement, Then and Now

During the 1980s, the Sanctuary Movement offered protection to undocumented refugees fleeing Central American wars. Today we are once again witnessing people fleeing violence in Central America and the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.

By Judith McDaniel