No, my synagogue didn’t just violate the Johnson Amendment

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On Rosh Hashanah, my Conservative synagogue put out postcards addressed to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, protesting the Trump Administration’s immigration policy and calling on her to support a “framework” of pro-immigrant policies. 

The framework, taken from the group United We Dream, urges that immigrants be welcomed, protected “from being hunted, incarcerated, and deported,” and guaranteed “the opportunity to thrive.” It also opposes the idea of “comprehensive immigration reform.”

The cards were provided by T’ruah, a non-profit organization whose tagline is “The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.” We were invited to pick one up, and (after the holiday) sign, stamp, and drop it in the mail.