Duncan Leads Letter on Jewish Community’s Annual Pilgrimage to Uman

September 4, 2020
Press Release

Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan led a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging support for the Jewish community’s annual pilgrimage to the city of Uman.

“As a former Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee with a longstanding history of working on religious freedom issues, protecting religious practices is extremely important to me. With COVID-19 turning our world upside-down this year, we have all had to make sacrifices. However, even during times of uncertainty, governments should continue to allow maximum flexibility for religious expression and practice. I have a deep respect for all people of faith, and I believe Ukraine had good intentions in crafting their travel restrictions. But I also believe they need to find creative ways to accommodate people of faith in a safe and commonsense manner. Governments don’t have to choose between allowing religious expression and public safety, and believe this letter makes it clear that common sense steps can be taken to achieve both goals. I am hopeful raising this issue will clear the way for many in the Jewish community to travel to Uman for the Jewish New Year.”

Groups supporting: National Jewish Advocacy Center, Chovevei Zion, The Rabbinical Alliance of America, Hashevet, and the New York United Jewish Association.

Read the full letter HERE.