Tikkun Olam: Brit Olam & Policy

Temple Shalom has signed onto Brit Olam, joining other congregations committing to acting powerfully and together to bring upon the world we want – a world filled with justice, compassion and wholeness. To see the list of congregations, click here. To learn more, visit www.rac.org/britolam

This page will provide updates on RAC issues and other Tikkun Olam policy issues of congregational interest.

The Religious Action Center of the URJ has put together an action item to reach out to your representative on the issue of the administration’s zero tolerance policy, and family detention policies. Please take action if you would like to add your voice. Read thiblog regarding actions we can take as a congregation, and as individuals concerning the actions at our borders.

Congregational Message from Rabbi Andrew Paley, June 7, 2019

Dear Friends,

Shabbat Shalom to you and yours!

I am writing to you today to share with you information regarding a citywide, multi faith effort to provide food, shelter, clothing and other necessities to legal migrants who have been released from detention by the Immigration and Custom Enforcement Agency in El Paso after crossing the border and are coming to Dallas. Temple Shalom, along with many other congregations in our city under the leadership of Faith Forward Dallas (a multi faith clergy association of which I am a member of the leadership team) and Thanks Giving Square Foundation are working to provide the necessary help in the coming days.

This current effort mirrors Judaism’s long and involved history of making sure that those seeking a better life can find it. The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) among others has led this kind of a charge since 1881. As it was done for us, so may we continue the effort for others.

This particular effort will be undertaken at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church where they have set up the space necessary to give those individuals a place to sleep, shower and receive the clothing, medical attention and meals they need. This effort has been called, “Dallas Responds” and has created a Respite Center at Oak Lawn United Methodist church. This very short term effort will allow people who are seeking asylum to connect with their sponsors, wherever they may live in the US, the time and space to be successful in their journey.

We have been invited to join Faith Forward Dallas and Oak Lawn United Methodist Church to welcome migrant asylum seekers in Dallas starting this weekend. There are many ways to help.

The Dallas Responds Respite Center welcomes you to join with them to create a welcoming presence. Kids of all ages can create welcome signs and banners. Volunteers are needed on Friday to assist with set up. There will be a volunteer orientation on Saturday morning at 9:30 for all interested volunteers at the church.

Monetary donations can be made through Thanksgiving Foundation at www.thanksgiving.org/dallasresponds/

Dallas Responds Respite Center Volunteer SignUp:     https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e48aaa62ba2f94-dallas

Dallas Responds Respite Center Meal Train SignUp: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/lmz99m

Please email any other inquiries to dallasresponds@gmail.com

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Dallas-Prepared-to-Welcome-Legal-Asylum-Seekers-at-Respite-Centers-510929311.html

Thank you in advance for your help, your kindness and your compassion.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi P.