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Immigrant Justice

"When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall do him no wrong. The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Leviticus 19:33).

Brit OlamThis is the most repeated commandment in all of Torah. With the Board of Directors' action, Temple Beth Am joins a growing cohort of Reform congregations that have signed on to the Religious Action Center's Brit Olam (Covenant with our World) and who have declared themselves to be Immigrant Justice Congregations. Read the Board's Resolution on becoming an Immigrant Justice Congregation here.

Contact Susan Schulkin or Diane Baer to join the Immigrant Justice Action Team, receive our emails, and find out how you can get involved. Here are some recent examples of opportunities for team members:

Learn about U.S. immigration policies and changes after the Inauguration:

Donate your time or treasure:

  • Provide rent assistance for immigrants in our area who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 by donating to the Church Council of Greater Seattle’s CCGS COVID Immigrant Accompaniment Program
  • Donate airline miles to help coordinate travel for immigrants and refugees, and for volunteer lawyers to get to the border to do frontline immigration work by clicking here or here.  
  • Volunteer as a tutor for folks learning English or studying for the citizenship exam through Literacy Source
  • Volunteer as a mentor/coach to a highly-skilled immigrant through Jewish Family Services
  • Get on a waitlist to become an Accompaniment Volunteer offering a friendly and supportive presence for folks as they attend immigration hearings through the WA Immigrant Solidarity Network 

Be an advocate for immigrant justice legislation on the state and federal levels:

  • Register to attend the HIAS Shabbat Weekend zoom presentation by Rep. Pramila Jayapal on March 7 at 1 PM. Temple Beth Am is proud to co-sponsor this event.
  • Contact your state legislators or members of Congress, urging them to ensure the health and well-being of all Washington residents, regardless of their citizenship status
  • Like and follow the Jewish Coalition For Immigrant Justice Northwest (JCIJ-NW) on Facebook to get advocacy action alerts
  • Save the Date for the JCIJ-NW fundraiser for the Fair Fight Bond Fund on May 2 at 5:30 PM.
Mon, April 12 2021 30 Nisan 5781