This statement was circulated to Westchester clergy following the recent bomb threats against Westchester JCC's. It is another demonstration of our will to come together and to affirm our most deeply beliefs that we are each created in the Divine Image. We have all been awakened out of our complacency; the spiritual challenge of these days is to "stay woke."
In this issue of our newsletter we are providing additional information regarding opportunities for advocacy within and outside Kol Ami.
Advocacy at Kol Ami
After a successful campaign to send postcards to our elected officials, a congregant has initiated a new program to send postcards to President Trump. The postcards will be pre-printed on one side with the White House address. The other side will be blank so you may indicate your opinion on whatever issue is of most importance to you. We will notify you when the postcards are ready for your use.
Advocacy outside Kol Ami
We continue to recommend two sites for current information and advocacy opportunities.
The HIAS website,www.hias.org
, contains a wealth of information regarding HIAS' efforts on behalf of refugees, including filing a preliminary injunction challenging the reduction in refugee admissions and steps you may take to support refugee families. In addition, at the HIAS site you will see the letter from almost 2000 Rabbis, including Rabbi Milgrom and Rabbi Weiner, calling on our newly elected officials to keep America's doors open to refugees.
The URJ website, www.urj.org
, contains announcements and news releases that may be of interest to you. For example, currently featured on the website you will find information regarding President Trump's Immigration Ban, Rabbi Rick Jacobs' statement that President Trump's "Abdication" of the two-state solution could devastate Israel's prospects for peace, and the URJ's opposition to David Friedman's nomination for U.S. Ambassador to Israel.
If you have social justice ideas you would like to share with fellow Kol Ami congregants, please call any of us or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
. We will continue to share your ideas in future newsletters.
Rabbi Milgrom Rabbi Weiner Cantor Rosen
Hank Rouda, President Jess Lorden, Executive Director
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) has created a website called "The Urgency of Now". At this site you will find information to help you quickly identify the Reform Movement's most urgent legislative action alerts and resources. The page is updated in real-time so check back regularly for information. Click here to visit The Urgency of Now site.
Call Your Member of Congress to express your concerns. Click either link below to find the contact information for your elected official. Click here or click here.
We Are Welcoming a Syrian Refugee Family to White Plains
The White Plains/Scarsdale Refugee Resettlement Group, led by Congregation Kol Ami applied with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society to host a Syrian refugee family in December 2016. Recently, the group was notified that a family of five was granted access to the US and that we would be the host!
The resettlement group is committed to helping in this humanitarian effort and particularly in response to the tragedy in Syria. We need your help in providing the resources to sustain this family through their transition to self sufficiency.
- Rental Apartment (up to 12 months) for a family of 5
- Groceries, Transport & Misc.
- New Mattresses & Necessities
- Utilities, etc.
- Education, Training & Healthcare
To help us you can donate by check payable to the Kol Ami Refugee Resettlement Fund or online.
Congregation Kol Ami turns out for the Not in our Towns: United Against Hate Rally in White Plains in December 12th. For more information about the event, or to obtain a decal or car magnet, please contact the Temple Office.
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