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.
HIAS (Hebrew Immigration Aid Society) is hoping to resettle 10 -12 Syrian refugee families here in Westchester. Along with other organizations, we at Kol Ami have the opportunity to host a family and provide significant help in the resettlement process. Although the State Department has not yet cleared families to come to Westchester, and their arrival here is still uncertain, we have to be ready and we need your help. Newly arriving immigrant families need housing, furniture and other household basics, employment, language and education services, medical attention, transportation and getting acclimated to a new culture and environment. So far many Kol Ami congregants and members of other congregations have signed on to work Please take a moment to look at the survey and sign up: https://wct.wufoo.com/forms/m1xwkp071bukwye/ together with us, but we still need you.
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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