Housing an Immigrant Family: Creating Meaning, Safety, and Connection

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

by Lili Shidlovski In response to our anger and helplessness after the election in November and the need to do more than sign petitions and make phone calls, my partner and I invited a Guatemalan asylum-seeking family that had just arrived in Oakland to live with us for three months.  We responded to a plea […]

Another Way to Support Nueva Esperanza Accompaniment Teams

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

by Karen Rachels and Julie Litwin, Immigration Committee Over the past two years, Kehilla members, in conjunction with the organization Nueva Esperanza, have formed four accompaniment teams that provide welcome and ongoing support to families and youth who have recently arrived from Central America. Over twenty Kehilla members and friends have joined teams and assisted […]

Help Support Immigrants and Refugees in Our Community

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

Dear Kehilla Members,      During this year’s High Holy Days, we were called to find ways to welcome immigrants and refugees to our community. Here is an opportunity to do so!  Members of Kehilla have been working closely with the Nueva Esperanza coalition (an initiative of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity) for over a year. […]

Proposal on Sanctuary

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

As updated at November 22, 2016 Board meeting and approved unanimously by the Board at that meeting Prepared by Julie Litwin (Immigration Committee) Marjorie Cox (Board) and Rabbi Dev Noily Background In 1985 Kehilla Community Synagogue declared itself a Sanctuary Congregation and became an active member of the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, a network of […]

Sanctuary

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

Submitted by Julie Litwin, Immigration Committee Co-Chair A Brief History of Sanctuary Although sanctuary is an ancient tradition dating back to Biblical times, the current Sanctuary Movement began in the 1980’s as a response to the injustice and danger faced by those who fled violent civil wars in Central America, only to be threatened with […]

Support New Immigrants

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

Dear Kehilla Members,  During this year’s High Holy Days, we were called to find ways to welcome immigrants and refugees to our community. Here is an opportunity to do so!  Members of Kehilla have been working closely with the Nueva Esperanza coalition (an initiative of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity) for over a year. Through […]

Queer Migration: Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project

Short Film Screening & Immigration Advocacy Conversation December 3 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, in the Sanctuary As part of the Immigration Committee’s cultural programs, Kehilla will host an evening of short films exploring intersectional themes of family borders, navigating origins, memory as survival, and the political implications of the immigrant experience. Post-screening discussion will focus […]

Thank You from the Immigration Committee

To the Kehilla Community, We are amazed  and delighted by the incredible number of contributions of coats (over 1000!) and toiletries for immigrants and refugees at our High Holiday drive.  Thanks to all of you who contributed so generously!  Below are some comments from Carolynn Langsdale of La Familia who we partnered with for the […]

Can You Provide Housing for an Immigrant or Family? Resources from the Immigration Committee

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

   During the High Holy Days, the Kehilla community focused on the theme of immigrants and refugees and heard inspiring words from our spiritual leaders and congregants about our duty to welcome and love those newly arrived in our midst. The Immigration Committee hopes to provide our community with tangible ways to support immigrants and […]

High Holy Days 5777/2016 ~Seeking Shelter in the Days of Awe: Immigrants and Refugees, Longing and Home

by Rabbi Dev Noily In March of this year a group of Kehilla members working on immigration issues called a meeting to connect people in our community who are involved in all kinds of work and service with immigrants and refugees, and the laws and policies affecting them. Here are some of the ways people […]