Celebrate Immigrants, Learn Advocacy at Bnai Keshet’s 2020 National Refugee Shabbat Weekend March 20th, 22nd

Celebrate refugees and asylum seekers at Bnai Keshet Friday, March 20th at 6:30pm, with dinner and a program of speakers including a formerly detained immigrant, and Sunday March 22nd at 1 pm., with a training session for prospective volunteers by First Friends of NY/NJ. Bnai Keshet is located on 99 So. Fullerton Ave., Montclair.

The March 20th program will begin at 7:15pm with speakers including a formerly detained friend from First Friends of NJ/NY, table discussion around issues impacting refugees and asylum seekers, and ways to get involved in current community efforts. Those who attend dinner at 6:30pm must first sign up on the BK website. Dinner will be prepared by recent refugees from Syria, as part of United Tastes of America, on a sliding scale $30-50. Proceeds after the cost of dinner will be donated to the non-profit First Friends to support their bond fund, which helps families of immigrants secure their release from detention pending their proceedings.

The March 22nd volunteer training by First Friends, a non-profit that serves detained immigrants and asylum seekers held in local detention centers, will be held from 1-3pm Sunday March 22 at Bnai Keshet. Please register beforehand at Eventbrite here.

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, or HIAS, launched National Refugee Shabbat several years ago relying on congregations like Bnai Keshet to dedicate sacred time and space to honor immigrants to counteract unprecedented attempts to close America’s doors to those seeking freedom from violence and persecution. Bnai Keshet’s 2020 program will touch on myriad immigration issues, reflecting Bnai Keshet’s commitment as a founding member of the Montclair Sanctuary Alliance, to providing sanctuary for and advocacy on behalf of undocumented immigrants.

Reconstructing Judaism in and around Montclair, Bnai Keshet welcomes all. For more information, call 973-746-4889 or visit www.bnaikeshet.org.

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