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SAC Immigration/Refugee Subcommittee We are obligated by the Torah’s repeated injunction to ”welcome the stranger” to be outspoken advocates for immigrant justice. Catholic Charities and Lutheran Family Services serve the bulk of the incoming refugee families in Portland. While there are millions of refugees living in camps around the world who are seeking asylum, very few by comparison are allowed into our country. And, sadly, the number of people allowed into this country has been drastically cut nationwide from 110,000 to 25,000. Locally, Catholic Charities’ contract has been cut from 1,200 to a mere 166. Yet, we whole-heartedly intend to do our part to welcome and support these newcomers to our land. In conjunction with Catholic Charities programs, opportunities for “adopting” a family, welcoming refugees as they arrive, collecting household goods, furnishing apartments, familiarizing families with our customs, tutoring, and other meaningful activities will be presented to CBI in the upcoming months.

Many of you are probably familiar with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), a Jewish organization of which we ought to all be proud. HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. For more than 130 years, HIAS has been helping refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. One of our own CBI’s eighth graders, Jonah Flamm, became familiar with HIAS in October right after the Pittsburgh shootings, and has been fundraising on their behalf at https://us-p2p.netdonor.net/923/personal-fundraisingcampaign/36543/jonahs-capstone-fundraiser-for-hias. You will be able to take part in his fundraiser for HIAS and learn more about Jonah’s discovery of the organization. Also, Jonah has designed T-shirts which he is selling to support HIAS. Be sure to look for Jonah on Mitzvah Day at CBI. And, if you are interested in working with our Immigration/Refugee Committee to improve the life and chances for refugees and immigrants, please let us know at SAC@bethisrael-pdx.org. We need you.

L’DOR V’DOR ~ FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION

Mazel Tov to

Condolences to

Parents Dr. Bethami Grossman and Dr. Lenny Grossman, grandparents Rabbi Sam and Dori Joseph, aunt Rabbi Rachel Joseph and cousin Max Joseph, and big brothers Judah and Aaron on the birth of Miriam Ruth Grossman. Miriam was born on December 15, 2018

Martha Soltesz on the loss of her husband, Monica (Jordan) Cox and Daniel (Jessica) Soltesz on the loss of their father, Andrew and Molly Cox and Maya and Stella Soltesz on the loss of their grandfather, and the extended Soltesz family on the loss of Les Soltesz, who passed away on December 12, 2018 at the age of 71.

May she grow in health and wisdom and be a source of strength to her family and all humankind. Sydney Baer, who was recognized at the Multnomah Athletic Club annual meeting for her exceptional volunteer work. Ron Silver, who was recognized by the Northwest Examiner as a Community Award Winner for 2018. The recognition was noted in the February edition of the Examiner.

Alan Laster (Suzanne) and Scott Laster on the loss of their mother, Zakary (Ali) and Claire Laster on the loss of their grandmother, Lennon Louise Laster on the loss of her great-grandmother, and the extended Laster family on the loss of Evelyn Laster, who passed away on January 23, 2019 at the age of 91. Tamara Glover on the loss of her husband, Isaac, Declan, Benjamin, and EmmaLena Glover on the loss of their father, and the extended Glover family on the loss of Brian Glover, who passed away in an automobile accident on January 24, 2019. He was 51 years old.

Jeff (Susie) Alifanz and Michelle (Harry) Alifanz Carson on the loss of their mother, Michael (Melissa) Alifanz and Marc (Tracy) Alifanz on the loss of their grandmother, Adeline, Elodie, Emalene, and Rebekah Alifanz on the loss of their great-grandmother, and the extended Alifanz family on the loss of Harriet Alifanz, who passed away on January 29, 2019.

L’Dor V’Dor

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