On Kol Nidre, Rabbi Kleinbaum spoke about the history of Jewish persecution and demonization and immigration, and how today's efforts to demonize Muslims, Mexicans, and others are connected to our history. She called on each of us to "Be the reason people believe in the goodness of people." So we proudly launch CBST's Sanctuary Initiative: Supporting Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers at CBST. Click here to read more about what this means You can become part of this Initiative:
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On Wednesday, May 8, at 6pm, CBST will host the first meeting of a new weekly immigration clinic, in partnership with the New Sanctuary Coalition, RUSA, and SAFE (Seeking Asylum and Finding Empowerment). The clinic will focus on LGBTQ immigrants, assisting people who are representing themselves (pro se) and connecting those who need it to professional legal services. To volunteer, sign up for our hands-on clinic training with SAFE and NSC on Wednesday, April 24 at 6pm.
For lawyers interested in volunteering: On Monday, April 15, at 7pm, CBST will host "Introduction to Asylum Law" for 1.5 CLE credit hours in Areas of Professional Practice. This is an accredited NY continuing legal education (CLE) course that will give an overview of the law of asylum, with specific reference to cases based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We are offering this course for free and ask that attorneys commit to at least 10 hours of volunteering at CBST's clinic. This course will repeat; if you are interested in joining a future course, let us know at the link below.
- Click here to let us know how you'd like to get involved!
The Sanctuary team is led by Sabrina Farber and Sherry Fyman, with CBST members Noemi Masliah, Lyosha Gorshkov, Harold Levine, Marsha Melnick, and Rick Landman, and CBST Director of Social Justice Programming, Rabbi Marisa James and CRRI Ayalon Eliach.
"Never again means never again for anyone. That is a basic truth." We continue to deepen our commitment to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, knowing that their history is entwined with our own.
With love and blessings,
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum Rabbi Marisa James