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Listen to our clergy's sermons from our recent High Holy Days! Click on each one to hear it.
Rabbi Michael Lezak's Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon
Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown's Rosh Hashanah sermon
Rabbi Stacy Friedman's Kol Nidre sermon
Rabbi Lara Regev's Yom Kippur sermon
Refugee Crisis in Europe – what you can do
A message from Ruth Messinger, American Jewish World Service:
AJWS is highly skilled at aiding refugees in the developing world, including those fleeing persecution and poverty or being forcefully deported from their homes, much like the Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic and the Rohingya Muslims in Burma. For the current refugee crisis unfolding in Europe, we believe we must rely on others who have expertise working on that continent to respond to this crisis.
As we won't be raising funds to address this refugee crisis directly, we are asking all of you who receive calls and emails from those who wish to donate to efforts to support refugees in Europe to give to one of the following organizations:
- The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, of which we are a member, is collecting donations and will be making quality grants. This is a trusted coalition, and we can recommend donating to it without hesitation.
- HIAS, which is also a member of the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, is responding both with aid and a call to action to demand that our government do more to welcome refugees here in the United States.
- Human Rights Watch, who is working with Syrian Refugees in Central Asia and Europe to document efforts to block access to asylum and deprive asylum seekers of rights to a fair hearing of refugee claims, among other important work.
- International Medical Corps, who is setting up mobile medical units to provide primary healthcare, treat respiratory infections and provide surgical care to refugees in the region and throughout Europe.
We believe that encouraging others to donate to these organizations is the most productive and constructive course of action we can recommend.
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