We have focused on a wide range of issues related to immigration including education, advocacy and service.
If you are interested in helping with this effort, please contact Joy Brownstein
Our activities include:
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT INITIATIVE
BAS is partnering with Woodlands Community Temple, under the guidance of HIAS, to resettle a refugee family. The family arrived from Kabul, Afghanistan in November 2018. They have adjusted extremely well to the culture, our school system and the English language.
Read about our efforts in this Reconstructing Judaism article.
Our Education Director, Abby Reiken, is actively involved in our social action efforts incorporating immigration and racial justice activities into the Torah La’am curriculum, through lessons, activities and outside speakers. We also work closely with Abby to sponsor the following programs to educate congregants of all ages about a range of topics associated with immigration:
- Annual speaker event, Havdalah and buffet dinner catered by local refugees. Speakers have included a Dreamer, immigration lawyers and a refugee from Afghanistan.
- Annual speaker on immigration for our post B’nai Mitzvah middle and high school students, such as a refugee teen from Iraq, HIAS, and Afghan refugee.
- Afghan cooking class taught by a local refugee from Afghanistan
Our advocacy efforts have addressed issues facing immigrants such as the Green Light bill and legal services for El Centro Hispano. We are currently exploring issues and opportunities related to providing Sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation.
We sponsor several events on an annual basis and others are ongoing:
- Meals in a Jar: A multi-generational event in which we help local immigrant families by preparing 100+ “Meals in a Jar” on Martin Luther King Day.
- Mitzvah Day: Participate in tzedakah projects and advocacy work on immigration.
- Sarah Lawrence College: Prepare lunch for refugees who attend a summer camp program sponsored by the College.
- El Centro Hispano: Distribute food and clothing two Thursdays each month from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Organization’s mission: Assist, support, and strengthen Hispanic families; help them become self-sufficient; and ease their transition into their new culture while maintaining and enriching their own. El Centro Hispano is at 346 South Lexington Avenue, White Plains.
- Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE): Coach, guide and mentor 9-12th graders. Organization’s mission: Partners wil students to ensure they are ready for, enroll in, and complete college. YPIE confronts the challenges of a low-income, urban school district by providing families with equitable access to the critical tools and services necessary for college success.