“Make your Toarh a regular, say little and do much, and receive all people cheerfully” Rabbi Shammai, Pirkei Avot 1:15

Bet Torah began its Immigration Initiative as we were touched by a personal community experience- one of our own community was being deported after living in the United States for many years, and working at our synagogue. His story, became our story.

Other than the Indigenous People of our country, we are all immigrants, and in some generation past, our families also came here for a better life.  Our immigration initiative at Bet Torah,  is born of the need for us to stand with those who are doing just that in our current time and need us as strong advocates, partners, and neighbors.

If you would like to learn more about our work and partnerships, please contact Linda Dishner, lrdish19@gmail.com.Linda has spearheaded this initiative over the past several years,  including advocacy and travel to our southern border.

Current Initiatives: 
We partner with Neighbors Link whose mission is to is to strengthen the whole community by actively enhancing the healthy integration of immigrants.
We partner with HIAS (The Hebrew Immigrant Aide Society) whose vision is to stand for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom. HIAS is guided by our Jewish values and history, and brings  more than 139 years of expertise to our work with refugees.

We participate in local Jewish groups that advocate for the rights of immigrants and refugees in Westchester.


IMMIGRATION INITIATIVE
SOLUTIONS TO IMMIGRATION

Join Social Justice in the third installment in “Justice for All. This month, in coordination with HIAS SHABBAT,  we are highlight the situation for children in the Immigration conundrum.  We will be joined by a panel discussion from KIND,

 To help us formulate and define the topic of discussion relating to families separated at the border, we are working with the advocacy and legal staff of KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) at the recommendation of HIAS.

Neighbors Link Food Delivery Program
Thank you to all the drivers who have participated in delivering meals to families who have COVID-19 and are unable to leave their homes. Unfortunately, more drivers are expected to be needed in the upcoming months. The school lunch program for quarantined families operates on Monday and Thursday mornings from Fox Lane High School. The dinner delivery program is on Wednesday evenings and operates out of Stone Fire Grill. Also needed on a monthly basis (Thursday evenings) is the delivery of boxes of food from NL, heavy lifting is required! If you are interested in being on the list of potential drivers, please email Linda Dishner at lrdish19@gmail.com.
☕Neighbors Link Receives 70 Gently-Used Microwaves and Coffee Makers
A huge THANK YOU to congregant David Miller, for putting us in contact with crew of the recently-wrapped film, Tick Tock (2022 release date).  Because of COVID-19 restrictions, cast and crew were given microwaves and coffee makers, many of which were never used.
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Not only were 70 microwaves and 25 coffee makers donated free of charge, but they delivered them right to Neighbors Link’s doorstep.  This donation will go a long way for their clients who have no access to kitchen facilities.