Sanctuary Task Force Update

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

The Sanctuary Task Force was prepared to welcome a new guest at Kehilla this week, but, sadly, the cruel system which funnels immigrants who earn parole from prison directly to ICE detention prevented this from happening.  Patricia Waller, a lawful permanent resident who was originally from Belize and who is a survivor of many years […]

Action to Save Lives at San Quentin

Posted by on Jul 23, 2020 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

A number of Kehilla members participated in an action at San Quentin on July 19, 2020, some in person and some virtually. Rabbi David was one of the faith leaders who spoke.  You can hear him here starting at minute 25 or read his words here. Thanks to Sabine Gillespie for the great banners!  We […]

Immigration Committee Update: Luis

Posted by on Jun 8, 2020 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

After sheltering at Kehilla for 3 1/2 weeks, our guest, Luis, returned to Sacramento. Despite the challenges of hosting a guest during a pandemic, we were able to provide a safe, restful place for Luis, clothing, home cooked meals, physically distanced visits and other support. We learned that advance planning pays off but that we […]

Immigration Committee Housing Request

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

As you know, many members of our community have been involved in sponsoring, hosting or accompanying newly arrived immigrants. Through this program, we have worked with four young transgender women from Mexico and Central America who fled persecution and came to the US seeking asylum. Two are currently living with host families, who provide housing […]

Update on the Kehilla Immigration Committee’s Accompaniment Work

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Immigration Committee | No Comments

Lili Shidlovski, Carol Rothman, Julie Litwin Accompaniment Coordinating Subcommittee Kehilla’s accompaniment teams and housing hosts have been busy in new ways because of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the past 5 years, Kehilla members have hosted refugees and asylum seekers in their homes and have formed teams to assist them to get settled and feel welcome […]

Welcoming the Stranger – New Guest at Kehilla!

The Sanctuary Task Force is thrilled to report that Luis Alberto Escobar has been released from Mesa Verde detention facility (due to Covid-19 risk) and is now sheltering in place with us at Kehilla in our guest suite (formerly Miriam’s Well)! Luis Alberto arrived May 1st and will be with us for a short time […]

Demand Release of People Detained by ICE!

There are many lawyers and advocates working as hard as possible for the release of people detained by ICE, especially those particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to age or underlying medical conditions. Detained people live in very crowded conditions with little access to soap and have no masks. Those detained are terrified and desperate to […]

Dedication of Space

On October 19, 2019 Kehilla held a dedication ceremony for our new sanctuary living space and bathroom, which will be used for immigrants seeking sanctuary or for temporary shelter for immigrant families who we are part of our accompaniment program.  These are the remarks made by Julie Litwin at the event. Welcome! My name is […]

Good News from the Immigration Committee

by Catherine Lyons and Julie Litwin It seems hard to imagine – considering the news we read and hear about the immigration situation – that there can be good news.  Those who have had the privilege of housing or accompanying a refugee or an immigrant have had the opportunity to experience some moments of success […]

Report on Three Recent Immigration Committee Events

Welcoming the Stranger:  A Call for Kehilla Sanctuary & Shelter Volunteers On February 3rd the Immigration Committee held an event for those interested in volunteering when Kehilla has a guest in sanctuary. Participants learned about the steps that we have taken so far to prepare for this undertaking. We showed three short videos to give […]