On behalf of the entire Temple Emanuel Clergy Team, we revisit Rabbi Laura Geller's Shabbat Sermon last week, September 4, 2015, to reflect on the Syrian Refugee Crisis and to offer ways in which you can help and take action.
"I so appreciate the decision of the Human Rights watch leader who re-tweeted the photo of Alyan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee whose body was washed up onto the beach in Turkey: Blue shorts, red t-shirt and shoes with Velcro laces because he was too young to tie his shoes. What parent among us who saw the picture didn't immediately remember putting Velcro sneakers on our own precious children; and every Jew who knows how few nations protected us during the Holocaust knows that this is a crisis we cannot ignore. I pray the image will force us to pay attention to this crisis happening in real time,
right now." — Rabbi Laura Geller
The time is now, here are a few ways that you can help act on the Refugee Crisis:
1. On behalf of the Human Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), we encourage you to watch this two-minute moving video about the crisis, by clicking here.
2. Sign a petition by clicking here, calling on the President to take bold action to resettle 100,000 Syrian refugees into the United States this year, to provide considerable humanitarian assistance to aid refugees abroad, and to address the root causes of the crisis.
3. Volunteer with Refugees and asylum seekers in your own city, by clicking here.
4. Lastly, you can stay informed, by clicking here.
Looking forward to the High Holy Days, as we move from "Strength to Strength" together, and keep the Syrian refugees in our hearts and prayers.