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National Refugee Shabbat

On March 5-6, 2021, Har HaShem will join over 300 congregations nationwide to participate in HIAS’ National Refugee Shabbat, a Shabbat experience dedicated to supporting refugees and asylum seekers.

During National Refugee Shabbat, the American Jewish community will dedicate sacred time and space to reflect upon our moral responsibility to protect immigrants based upon our own collective history of oppression, displacement and being strangers in lands not our own. It will provide an opportunity to raise awareness, recognize the work that is already being done to help support refugees, and reaffirm our commitment to welcoming vulnerable, displaced persons in our own community.

Aliza Acker will lead Torah Study on March 6 with a Refugee Shabbat theme. In addition, Shabbat and Havdalah Services this weekend will feature the refugee stories of Har HaShem members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Were Strangers
March 6: 6:30pm

Caroline Saliman, beloved Har HaShem teacher, camp counselor and tutor, will be reading aloud Armondo Peniche’s autobiographical story This Beautiful Dark Brown Skin, a story of racial profiling experienced by a 12-year old boy and the danger of slanderous rhetoric to an undocumented man and his American son. 

*Part of Motus Theater’s Shoebox Stories project and We Were Strangers Series – a collaboration with Jewish leaders who read aloud the stories of undocumented persons and reflect upon seeing the world through the eyes of an immigrant.

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Screening of film Welcome Strangers and Panel Discussion
Film Screening: March 3-7
Panel Discussion: Sunday, March 7, 4:00 pm

We will be hosting a screening of the film, Welcome Strangers, a documentary about Sarah Jackson, founder of Casa de Paz, a volunteer run shelter for immigrants released from the ICE Detention Center in Aurora and their families.

The film screening will be free. Registration will allow you to enjoy the film from your own home any time between March 3-7. Your “ticket” also admits you to a Zoom Q&A on Sunday, March 7 at 4:00 pm with Sarah Jackson, Executive Director of Casa de Paz and Dia Sokol Savage, the film’s director.

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Sun, April 18 2021 6 Iyar 5781