Support for Refugees
As part of an effort to expand the social justice work our community can be involved in, the Darkhei Noam board began exploring ways that we as a community could support immigrants and refugees arriving and currently in the United States. To that end, Darkhei Noam recently joined 250 other congregations in the HIAS Welcome Campaign. By joining the Campaign, Darkhei Noam will receive ongoing support, resources, and access to a network of communities that support welcoming refugees to the U.S. and are engaging in the response to the global refugee crisis. We will be bringing educational opportunities to our shul and promoting events in which our congregation can participate.
As many of you know and appreciate, Darkhei Noam has worked very hard to keep politics out of our tefillah. We appreciate that our community has diverse political opinions and we want Darkhei Noam to be a place that is comfortable for everyone to daven. We also believe that we must openly and unabashedly support the values we as American Jews hold so dear. The American Jewish community is a community of immigrants and refugees and we are proud to join many other Jewish organizations across all major American denominations in denouncing and opposing the violation of people’s human rights.
One of the most repeated commandments in the Torah is to “Love the stranger in our midst.” We are also taught the value of every human life. The leadership of Darkhei Noam hopes Darkhei Noam is a place of comfort and service for our community members. As such, we feel that we cannot remain silent in the face of recent attempts to turn away those in need. As we move forward, we will keep you apprised of opportunities to work on this issue and support refugees through the HIAS Welcome Campaign and other HIAS activities. The first such event is the HIAS rally taking place on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Battery Park. We will be sharing information with the community about how to join the Darkhei Noam contingent at the rally once we have further information.