NORTHAMPTON – Beit Ahavah, Congregation B’nai Israel, and Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts will participate in National Refugee Shabbat, a nationwide program of The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Oct 19-20.
Synagogues across North America will participate in the program to raise awareness about the refugee crisis in a time of unprecedented attempts to close the country’s borders to those seeking freedom from violence and persecution.
On Friday Oct. 19 at 6 p.m., a musical Kabbalat Shabbat service will be held at Beit Ahavah Synagogue, 130 Pine St., in Florence, followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner, including sample pierogis made by Irida Kahtiranova, who resides in sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Northampton. Dinner will be followed by a lay-led text discussion related to refugees.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, at 9:30 a.m., Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St. in Northampton, will present its Annual Sandra Goldsmith Social Justice Shabbat.
The Shabbat service will incorporate special readings and Jewish teachings about our responsibilities to refugees and asylum seekers, and include a D’var Torah by Maxine Stein, CEO of Jewish Family Services of Western Mass. The Kiddush Luncheon will feature food from refugee countries of origin and will be followed by a relevant post-Kiddush panel discussion.
For more information, call JFS at (413) 737-2601, Beit Ahavah at (413) 587-3770 or CBI at (413) 584-3593.