Update from the Sanctuary Task Force

Recap of Kehilla’s steps towards offering sanctuary:  1985: Kehilla declared itself a sanctuary congregation and became an active member of the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, a network of faith communities engaged in helping refugees escape death squads in El Salvador. 2016: Our High Holy Days theme focused on immigrants and refugees. November 22, 2016: The […]

Two Recent Blows Against Immigrants in Detention

by Sam Davis and Julie Litwin CIVIC Visitation Terminated On March 5, 2018 the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office stopped volunteers from the organization Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) from visiting immigrants detained at the West County Detention Facility (WCDF) in Richmond. Since 2011 CIVIC, a national organization working to end the […]

Stand Together CoCo

On March 1, a new immigration hotline to report ICE activity or to seek assistance for someone detained by ICE was launched to serve Contra Costa County residents: 925-900- 5151. The hotline is part of a deportation defense initiative called Stand Together CoCo. OCO is one of a coalition of nonprofits that manages the program, […]

Save the Date: Sanctuary Shabbat Morning Service Followed by Lunch and Community Conversation

Sanctuary Shabbat: Morning Service Followed by Lunch and Community Conversation ~ Cosponsored by Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee for Affordable Housing Week May 12th 10am-3:30pm Kehilla has been a sanctuary synagogue since the 1980’s. In November of 2016 the Kehilla Board passed a resolution reaffirming this commitment. Kehilla members have been deeply involved in the many aspects of sanctuary […]

Immigration Committee Request: Living Space Needed

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Announcements, Immigration Committee | No Comments

One of our accompaniment teams is working with a young couple from Guatemala who need to rent a room/living space in the East Bay, ideally starting in February or March. They are able to afford $500-700 per month. It would be a mitzvah if you could accommodate them. If you can help, or if you […]

Let Our People Go: Join the Protest, Bring Your Kids & Fight for Justice

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

by Hillary Brooks, Sam Davis, Rachel Kotok and Laura Weide Want to do more than sign online petitions to fight racist mass incarcerations and deportations, but can’t go to weeknight meetings or long marches? That’s why Hillary and Laura—both busy working moms—started a new Immigration Committee project, Let Our People Go. It’s a one-hour protest […]

Finding Yes

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

by Esther Ehrlich “What do you think?” I ask. It’s Sunday evening and Neal and I are sitting at our kitchen table. I’ve just shown him the email that I received from Julie, co-chair of the Immigration Committee, that’s stirred my heart. A caravan of 16 young transwomen and gay men have been making their […]

Supporting theTrans-Gay Caravan

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

by Julie Litwin The Kehilla Immigration Committee has volunteered to assist a young trans activist, Valeria, who is part of a caravan of trans and gay youth from Central America that crossed the border into the US on August 10th, seeking asylum due to violence against LGBTQI people in their home countries. Valeria is being […]

BART Board Passes Sanctuary Rule with Kehilla Support

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

by Jeanne Finberg Four Kehilla members attended a BART Board of Directors meeting on June 22, 2017 to speak in favor of a proposal to protect undocumented immigrants using its services from being reported by BART officials to federal authorities. Lili Shidlovski and Carol Rothman, of Kehilla’s Immigration Committee, represented the only faith-based organization to testify before […]