More than 1,000 American rabbis from across the country have signed a letter supporting Syrian refugees and urging politicians to show moral leadership in providing them a haven.

The letter was published on the website of HIAS, a New York-based charity originally set up to help Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe more than 100 years ago.

It comes after the House of Representatives voted on November 19 to ban Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the United States without tougher screening measures after the Paris attacks.

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