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Conversation from the Front Line: Immigrants, Refugees and the Challenges Ahead

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 26 Adar 5781

5:00 PM - 6:00 PMOnline

Join us for a discussion of issues related to immigration and asylum with Rev. Deborah Lee of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity; Joe Goldman, Community Engagement Director at HIAS; and our host, Karen Alschuler, co-chair of Sherith Israel's Social Action Committee.

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Rev. Deborah Lee, Executive Director of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, has built up its Immigrant Justice program to engage dozens of congregations in Northern California as Sanctuary congregations. The IM4HI and its partners accompany immigrant youth and families. They respond to the detention and deportation crisis. Acting at the intersection of faith and social justice, Rev. Lee connects, through her work, issues of race, gender, economic justice, anti-militarism, LGBTQ inclusion and immigrant rights.


Joe Goldman is the Community Engagement Director for the Western Region at HIAS, the world’s oldest – and only Jewish – international humanitarian agency, serving refugees and asylum seekers of all backgrounds. He mobilizes activists, organizations, and lawmakers across California to ensure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve. Before joining HIAS, Joe worked at MAZON: a Jewish Response to Hunger, and the San Francisco-based JCRC.


Karen Alschuler, moderator, is co-chair of the Sherith Israel Social Action Committee. Karen has been building our social justice work as a Sanctuary congregation. As she advocates for immigrants at the Cali- fornia Statehouse and at the ICE Court, Karen has widened our interfaith network She has been fortunate to accompany immigrants on their journey toward a self-sustaining life in a new country. To explore the root causes underlying the Central American wave of immigration, Karen traveled to Honduras with Rev. Lee.

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