Some 184 U.S. Jewish congregations and communities have signed a pledge of support for refugees, promising to take action to help those seeking shelter in the country. The “Welcome Campaign” is being organized by the refugee support and advocacy group HIAS (formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society).
The letter describes itself as “an affirmative statement in support of welcoming refugees,” adding that signatories will support refugees in various ways, including through education, advocacy and fundraising, and on the local level.
Participating Northern California congregations include Temple Israel (Alameda), Beyt Tikkun (Berkeley), Beth El (Berkeley), Beth Am (Los Altos Hills), Temple Sinai (Oakland), Kol Emeth (Palo Alto), Kehilla (Piedmont), Beth Jacob (Redwood City), B’nai Israel (Sacramento), Emanu-El (San Francisco), Sherith Israel (San Rafael) and Kol Shofar (Tiburon).
HIAS also is running an “Ask Your Congregation to Join” campaign; visit www.hias.org for more details.