Rabbi’s Corner

Special Rabbinic Statement 1/30/2017

Special Rabbinic Statement:

We are deeply alarmed by the cruel and discriminatory nature of the Trump Administration’s new restrictions on immigration from certain Muslim countries, and stand proudly with the Conservative Movement in its condemnation of these restrictions as a betrayal of essential Jewish values. The statement notes that “…as Jews, it is not only our religious values that speak to welcoming those who seek shelter and safety, but it is also a pillar of free, democratic nations,” and makes clear that Jewish tradition explicitly forbids us from oppressing the stranger. For the complete statement, signed by all eight organizations affiliated with the Conservative Movement in the United States, click here.

Congregation Beth Shalom is one of over 250 synagogues throughout the U.S. to have joined the “Welcome Campaign” organized by HIAS. This excellent organization is on the forefront of assisting refugees and fighting the new restrictions imposed by executive order. For more information on how you can get involved directly, click here.

To get involved in local efforts to support refugees, we strongly encourage connecting with Seattle Jewish Family Services, led by our own Will Berkovitz. The Seattle JFS is devoted and uncompromising in its effort to stand up for immigrants and refugees. For more information, see this link: http://www.jfsseattle.org/.

בהזדהות עם הגרים
Be-hizdahut im ha-gerim
(in solidarity and identification with immigrants),

Rabbi Jill Borodin                               Rabbi Adam Rubin

We are having a program and discussion on Monday, February 6th, with Rabbi Will Berkovitz, CBS member and Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Service. We also encourage you to attend:

Jewish Rally for Refugees

Thursday, February 2, 7:00 p.m.

Temple De Hirsch Sinai
1511 E Pike Street, Seattle

Jewish Family Service is holding a community-wide rally to stand in solidarity with refugees and immigrants. Find out how you can help and be part of our Jewish community’s proud 125-year history of welcoming the stranger.

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