"We used to help refugees because THEY were Jews.
Now we help refugees because WE are Jews."
-Mark Hias, President and CEO of HIAS
Temple Beth Shalom's Refugee Task Force is a grassroots community group who gather together to support and advocate for refugees. Members of the Refugee Task Force help in many different ways, from being tutors at english learning programs for adults and children, to organizing donation drives and hosting advocacy events. Our current ongoing project is our Welcome Team, who are getting ready to support a soon-to-be resettled family of five arriving from Afghanistan on April 19th. Please consider financially supporting our Welcome Team!
In the Torah, we are told “The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens. You shall love each one as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”(Lev.19:34) This commandment to welcome the stranger is the most often repeated commandment in the Torah, repeated thirty-six times. Since January 2017 as our community responded to the call of the stranger, we have opened up our hearts, hands and minds, as the doors to our country were closed shut and opened once again.