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Our Immigration and Refugees Task Force fights for the rights of people in the United States and overseas and brings our community closer together through direct service, action, and advocacy.  

We seek to create a safer world for refugees and immigrants, and to sensitize members of the Stephen Wise community to the human, Jewish, and American elements of immigration and refugee work. Sign up to get involved or email task force co-chairs at  .

We are guided by the following principles:

  • Immigration was a central component of the Declaration of Independence, and encourages us to welcome the foreigner through our American values.
  • The phrase “welcome the stranger” is the most common phrase in the Torah, and inspires us to fight for refugees and immigrants in accordance of our Jewish values.
  • We value the human needs and conditions that create a world where refugees simply need a home.
  • “Build with, not for:” We build relationships with immigrants and refugees and follow their direction in outlining how we might be of support.

Upcoming Events

HIAS and the Refugee Crisis
November 6, 6:30 p.m.
Join our Social Action Committee for an evening of thought-provoking discussion with representatives from HIAS on connecting the plight of contemporary refugees to Jewish values and history. As the director of education for HIAS, one of the oldest resettlement organizations in the United States, Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer has been instrumental in calling synagogues and Jewish community centers to action. She will be joined by Ahed Festuk, a Syrian activist from Aleppo seeking asylum in the United States. RSVP ON EVENTBRITE