San Diego Jewish Community Convenes in Support of Immigrants and Refugeesby Natalie Jacobs January 31, 2017
Jewish groups nationally have been issuing statements reflecting varying degrees of discomfort or outright condemnation for Donald Trump’s executive order banning and temporarily restricting immigration from Muslim-majority countries.
On Thursday, Feb. 2, San Diego’s Jewish community will issue its own response in the form of a community-wide gathering taking place at Congregation Beth El in La Jolla. The meeting is being called by a coalition of local Jewish groups that all already participate in immigration efforts, directly or partially related to those that are impacted by this executive order: Leichtag Foundation, a funder of the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans, a research and advocacy organization; Anti-Defamation League of San Diego County, which has seen an uptick in hate crimes and incidents in the region since the election; Jewish Family Service of San Diego, which, among many services, is a refugee resettlement agency; and Jewish Federation of San Diego which supports immigration efforts through the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee which is currently focused on Jews in Ukraine.
Supporting organizations include Hillel of San Diego, San Diego Rabbinical Association, and Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego.
Organizers note their intent is to “demonstrate their support of immigrants and refugees” and they see this as “an opportunity to show solidarity and promote meaningful action.”
Speakers, though not yet announced, will likely include religious leaders from a variety of local synagogues, and community leaders associated with the organizing parties. Topics will also include immigration broadly, the refugee vetting process specifically and personal stories of perseverance.
The Jewish Journal is told there will be postcard-writing stations, along with ways for attendees to contact their congressperson electronically. Also available will be information on SB-54 currently making its way through the California state legislature in hopes of preventing the use of California resources for mass deportations.
The event is free and open to the entire San Diego community, no reservations are required. Information can be found on the Facebook page.
WHAT: San Diego Jewish Community Gathering In Support of Immigrants and Refugees (Facebook)
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 2, 6:30-8 p.m.