The Shmooze

North Carolina Rabbi Welcomes Immigrants

By Renee Ghert-Zand

  • Print
  • Share Share

A rabbi in North Carolina is letting people know — in a big way — about the biblical injunction to welcome the stranger.

Rabbi Eric Solomon of Beth Meyer Synagogue in Raleigh is a member of a Uniting N.C., an interfaith coalition that has put up billboards in support of immigrants.

“Once they’re here, the question for me is not about whether they’re legal, documented, undocumented or illegal. That question is complicated and has its own conversation,” he told the Winston-Salem Journal. “The issue is when they’re here, do we welcome them with the highest values that America and my Torah teaches us in terms of welcome and love of the stranger, that every person is made in God’s image.”

Solomon is joined in the effort by Rev. Diane Faires of St. Paul’s Christian Church and Fiaz Fareez of the Islamic Association of Raleigh. Uniting N.C.’s billboards, which are going up in Raleigh, Durham, Mebane, Charlotte, Asheville and Goldsboro, say “Community: We’ll Get There Together” and “Immigrants Make Us Stronger” and show images of smiling people of different ethnic groups.

Opposition is coming from groups like N.C. Listen, which opposes illegal immigration. Its position is that such billboards are a waste. “I don’t see any widespread support for bashing legal immigrants, so what’s the need for the billboards?” its director, Ron Woodard, said. He did not make any direct reference to the undocumented immigrants — the other kind of “stranger who dwells among you,” about which Solomon is equally concerned.


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: North Carolina, Immigration, N.C. Listen, Beth Meyer Synagogue, Eric Solomon, Uniting N.C.

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.




Find us on Facebook!
  • “I don’t want to say, ‘Oh oh, I’m not Jewish,’ because when you say that, you sound like someone trying to get into a 1950s country club, “and I love the idea of being Jewish." Are you a fan of Seth Meyers?
  • "If you want my advice: more Palestinians, more checkpoints, just more reality." What do you think?
  • Happy birthday Barbra Streisand! Our favorite Funny Girl turns 72 today.
  • Clueless parenting advice from the star of "Clueless."
  • Why won't the city give an answer?
  • BREAKING NEWS: Israel has officially suspended peace talks with the Palestinians.
  • Can you guess what the most boring job in the army is?
  • What the foolish rabbi of Chelm teaches us about Israel and the Palestinian unity deal:
  • Mazel tov to Idina Menzel on making Variety "Power of Women" cover! http://jd.fo/f3Mms
  • "How much should I expect him and/or ask him to participate? Is it enough to have one parent reciting the prayers and observing the holidays?" What do you think?
  • New York and Montreal have been at odds for far too long. Stop the bagel wars, sign our bagel peace treaty!
  • Really, can you blame them?
  • “How I Stopped Hating Women of the Wall and Started Talking to My Mother.” Will you see it?
  • Taglit-Birthright Israel is redefining who they consider "Jewish" after a 17% drop in registration from 2011-2013. Is the "propaganda tag" keeping young people away?
  • Happy birthday William Shakespeare! Turns out, the Bard knew quite a bit about Jews.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.