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JOIN OUR EFFORTS

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GET INVOLVED

  • Push out initiatives through your synagogue’s social action committee

  • Advocate for policy changes and reforms at the local, state, and federal levels

  • Participate in meetings  with local congressional representatives and hold town hall meetings to advocate for immigrants to advocate and educate local legislators and the larger public on the issues confronting different immigrant groups

  • Write letters to local and federal politicians to advocate for policy change

  • Book speakers for synagogues including refugees, immigration experts, etc.

  • Show your support for local families by assisting Westchester-based organizations to advocate for their clients such as Community Resource Center

  • Hold multi-faith events at your synagogue

  • Run a social media campaign for an immigration issue you support

  • Execute online petitions, social media campaigns, phone-a-thons, postcard writing events (virtual/in-person), rallies, and marches

  • Conduct educational online and virtual events about issues you support such as Right to Counsel or the Border Crisis

  • Create refugee-friendly/welcoming neighborhoods

 
 

SPEAK OUT

express your support by signing.

asking the Biden Administration to act with urgency to welcome refugees (Rabbis, Cantors, Jewish clergy only).

Encourage Your Synagogue to Join WJCI and participate in our Westchester Welcomes Immigrants Campaign

Organize your community or congregation to send a "Welcome Card" to the new Congress, asking them to prioritize the rights of refugees.

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WJCI & CLERGY: WORKING TOGETHER

Because of our experiences as Jews, we are sensitive to immigration issues and immigrants' presence in our communities. The Torah itself is explicit in Exodus, "You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt". 

 

Here are a few ways Rabbis, Cantors, and congregations can be involved in our work:

  • Attend WJCI's quarterly meetings to talk and learn about current immigration advocacy initiatives and legislation needed to help immigrants live better lives. 

  • Join us in our appeal to local and national elected officials to ensure that the U.S. refugee program is maintained and strengthened for refugees of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

  • Speak from the pulpit about immigration issues of utmost importance, tying them into Jewish liturgy on occasions like Refugee Shabbat.

  • Bring refugees, resettlement workers, and Holocaust survivors to speak to congregants. Contact wjciorg@gmail.com for further information. 

  • Involve synagogue social action committees with WJCI's advocacy initiatives, such as writing postcards to legislators on vital issues or working directly with local organizations that service immigrants, such as the Community Resource Center in Mamaroneck, and Neighbors Link in Mount Kisco.

  • Encourage your synagogue's youth and college students to get involved in making our community a more welcoming place.

  • Join Bet Am Shalom, Congregation Kol Ami, Hebrew Institute of White Plains, Shaarei Tikvah of Scarsdale, and Temple Israel Center of White Plains in the Westchester Right to Counsel Coalition to protect immigrants’ right to fair housing.

 
 
 

ORGANIZE YOUR COMMUNITY ONLINE

for community members to discuss ways to help local immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Email wjciorg@gmail.com for support.

Encourage Your Synagogue to Join WJCI

to join the Westchester Welcome Campaign.

Join WJCI as a Local Partner

Westchester Reform Temple, courtesy of Rabbi Jonathan Blake