Chicago Jews for Refugees Assembly
After eighteen months of attacks on the U.S. refugee and asylum program, the number of refugees entering the country has dramatically slowed and asylum seeking families have been torn apart at our southern border. At a time of unprecedented global need, the U.S. is failing to meet a basic obligation to victims of war, terror, torture, and persecution. In this period of crisis, it is essential for the Jewish community to demonstrate our support for the safety and dignity of refugees and asylum seekers. The Jews for Refugees Assembly will take place after the announcement of the refugee admissions ceiling for federal fiscal year 2019, but before the 2018 midterm elections. It is the perfect moment to raise our collective voices in a call to action.
The event is intended both to send a strong message to elected officials and the general public about our obligation to welcome the stranger, as well as to connect the network of Jewish community members and organizations who are committed to taking action for refugees and asylum seekers.
The Assembly will feature elected officials, refugee speakers, policy experts, and community leaders. It will bring together the greater Chicago Jewish community, including delegations from congregations and organizations. Together, we will demonstrate the Jewish community’s deep and broad support for refugees and asylum seekers and our commitment to fight every attempt to prevent them from finding safety and welcome in our country.
The speaking program will begin at 2:00PM, followed at 3:00PM by an information and action fair where participants can connect with volunteer opportunities, advocacy initiatives, and other ways to take action.
- Rabbi Michael Siegel, Senior Rabbi, Anshe Emet
- Melineh Kano, Executive Director Refugee One
- A refugee sharing their personal story
- Congressman Mike Quigley
- Melanie Nezer, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, HIAS
Speakers subject to change without notice.
Anshe Emet Synagogue • Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah • Chicago Sinai Congregation • Congregation Hakafa • Congregation Solel • Congregation Sukkat Shalom • Mishkan Chicago • Ner Tamid Ezra Habonim Egalitarian Minyan • Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion Synagogue • Temple Jeremiah • Temple Sholom
Am Yisrael • Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation • Avodah • Congregation Beth Shalom • Jewish Council on Urban Affairs • J Street • KAM Isaiah Israel • Metro Chicago Hillel • Hyde Park Moishe House • NCJW Chicago Northshore • North Shore Congregation Israel • Northwestern Hillel • RAC-IL • Shir Hadash • Temple Beth El • Congregation Beth Am