Special Message from Rabbi Knight

Members of our community have reached out in recent days in shock and horror that the administration is separating undocumented children from their parents. Rabbi Knight spoke about this issue last Shabbat. A portion of his sermon was published by the Washington Post. He also wrote an editorial to the Charlotte Observer.

Tomorrow, leaders of the Reform Movement will be in McAllen, Texas, the site of the United States’ largest border processing and detention center. McAllen has become ground zero for the Trump Administration’s family separation policy that, in a six-week period, has left approximately 2,000 children separated from their parents. We hope you will join us in shedding light on this urgent issue and bringing justice to the center of this nation’s immigration system.

Many have reached out searching for ways to help end the family separation policy and support the children and families being torn apart. Here are ways you can help:

  1. Donate to the Family Reunification Bond Fund, by RAICES. https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/bondfund The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), the largest immigration services legal nonprofit. By donating to RAICES, you support every aspect of legal aid for immigrant families. The group aims to provide legal services to every released unaccompanied children, which could be around 13,000 kids. They also aim to pay off immigration bonds to free asylum seekers from ICE custody, letting them reunite with their children.
  2. Provide tangible support to detainees and separated families by gathering and sending toiletries and toys to the border. Send care packages to: Michael Blum Social Action Chair, Temple Emanuel, 4300 Chai Street (North C Street) McAllen, Texas 78504.
  3. Join a Families Belong Together mobilization in Washington, DC or hundreds of other cities around the U.S. on June 30, 2018.
  4. Download the Religious Action Center’s Immigrant Justice Resource Guide.

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