The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
MIKLAT - Spaces of Refuge: Congregation Sinai Engages the New Sanctuary Movement
The program is designed to acquaint congregants with the issues of Milwaukee's growing population of undocumented migrants, primarily from Mexico and Central America,. and empower them to advocate for individuals and the families of individuals facing deportation and family separation.
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This program was created to meet the needs of immigrant families and learn about and addressing the legal and societal issues surrounding immigration. One of the aims of the New Sanctuary Movement is to address the isolation of new and particularly undocumented migrants by connecting them to diverse religious organizations. For the New Sanctuary Movement, Sinai represents a unique and new constituency.
The congregation began by forming relationships with coalition members and activist groups in the immigration community including Voces de la Frontera, Milwaukee Jewish Community Relations Council, and The Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese. After Rabbi David Cohen delivered a High Holy Day sermon on immigration, the Social Action Committee began addressing questions of immigration explicitly.
Congregation Sinai's involvement in immigration issues has become one of the ways people identify Sinai in the community. The Vigil Service and Seder were well attended and those who participated have asked for more, which is why this Spring Congregation Sinai will be hosting a second Immigrant Seder with a larger community coalition, as well as a second Vigil Service. The initiative has provided ways for congregants to engage in the important issues surrounding immigration in a very hands on way. The initiative has also helped build connections between the Jewish and Latino/Hispanic community.
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