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Refugee Task Force


Updated 3/13/2020

Postponed: Refugee Shabbat on Friday, March 13

Refugee Shabbat is a moment for us to dedicate a Shabbat experience to refugees and asylum seekers. This special Shabbat is observed in the spring by many Jewish congregations in the U.S., and around the world. We will address this topic during services and watch an educational video. Learn more about National Refugee Shabbat and watch the four-minute video from HIAS.

About the Refugee Task Force

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. We have formed Welcome Teams to support two families arriving from Afghanistan. Please consider financially supporting our refugee task force to help us continue our work! 

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. 

From community service, advocacy, education, and donations, there's something for everyone interested in getting involved. Join our Facebook group to share resources and participate in discussions, or email  to be added to the Refugee Task Force mailing list. 

Sat, April 4 2020 10 Nisan 5780