Human Rights Shabbat

At CBST’s Human Rights Shabbat (December 10, 2021/7 Tevet 5782), Rabbi Yael Rapport lifts up an underreported humanitarian crisis: the plight of Afghans left behind following U.S. withdrawal. In her drashah, she relates the Joseph story through the eyes of her Afghan friend left in limbo seeking an emergency visa as USCIS rakes in millions of dollars in application fees, only to issue denials.

Take action now by signing and sending these two important letters:

  1. Send a letter to President Biden and Secretary of DHS Alejandro Mayorkas to ask them to accept and process applications for humanitarian parole quickly, without adding more burdens to people already fearing for their lives. 
  2. Send a letter to your member of Congress to ask them to support the Afghan Adjustment Act, which would ensure that Afghans with Humanitarian Parole have a path to longer-term legal status in the U.S. 

Want to support these efforts? Make a donation to Rabbi Rapport’s discretionary fund, and make a note on the last donation page that says “Afghan support.”

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor yourself, or want to get involved with our Ark Immigration Clinic at CBST, email

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