The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Open Hearts/Open Doors: Beth El Temple Center Refugee Response Effort
Beth El Temple Center educated themselves about how they can be helpful by reaching out to local and national organizations working with refugees. They developed a variety of ways Temple members can get involved and worked together to meet the needs of refugees and support a local refugee resettlement agency.
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Yom Kippur 2015
Rabbi Kraus gave a sermon challenging Beth El Temple Center to take action to help refugees in light of the escalating refugee crisis
BETC Responds to the Refugee Crisis by holding their first large congregation-wide community education and discussion event welcoming four speakers. The presentations were followed by an hour long workshop discussions about hands on service work, community educational efforts, legislative advocacy and fundraising
Benefit concern for Syrian Refugees to raise funds to support refugee relief efforts by Mercy Corps
Passover Haggadah Supplement- a small group of congregation members wrote a Passover Haggadah Supplement for members that reflected upon the theme of refugees
Beth El Temple Center members begin accompanying members of RIAC to the airport to greet newly arriving refugee families and driving them to their new apartments
Beth El Temple Mitzvah Day- four projects focused on helping newly arrived refugees: (1) Welcome baskets and bags filled with kitchen and household supplies; (2) Move in bins of supplies; (3) Collection of elementary and middle school books for New American Center; (4) Campaign to sign up Temple members to receive and act on legislative action alerts
Creation of BETC Refugee Response Fund to enable Beth El Temple Center to make grants of up to $500 to refugee families to meet urgent needs (expected draws for housing, transportation, medical needs, education). First grants dispersed for rent and transportation needs
June 2016 to date
Beth El Temple Center members began collecting and delivering furniture and household goods to recently arrived refugee families from Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Sundan.
Launch of BETC Welcome Circles, teams of 1-3 Beth El families working closely with one refugee family. As of May 2017, we have teams working with 7 recently arrived refugee families. The families are refugees from Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and Syria.
Temple-wide community meeting and conversation, Beth El Temple Center Refugee Response, One Year Later.
Co-sponsored Film Series about Global Refugee Crisis
Benefit concert for BETC Refugee Response Fund
Retreat, Refugee Response Team
Brought refugee children to participate in Purim Fair
Held Pot Luck Supper for refugee families and congregants
Beginning of effort to reach further across the congregation for help addressing need for affordable housing for refugee families in the Greater Boston area and engaging more members of the congregation in helping refugee families practice English.
Youngest members of the congregation and their families plant seeds in painted flowerpots for refugee families that they were assisting.
Beth El Temple Center Mitzvah Day- four projects focused on helping newly arrived refugees: (1) Welcome baskets and bags filled with kitchen and household supplies; (2) Ramadan Baskets for the Muslim refugee families we are helping through RIAC; (3) Collection of elementary and middle school books for New American Center; (4) Birthday Party in a Bag for young children and the refugee families
We have placed a banner in front of the Temple that quotes Emma Lazarus and says “We Welcome Refugees”