For the past two years The Village Temple has joined with Judson Memorial Church to co-host the Greenwich Village Interfaith Thanksgiving. Through this wonderful event, Rabbi Koster became involved in the New Sanctuary Movement https://bit.ly/18XPr9p , an interfaith network of congregations and individuals working together to stop unjust deportations that separate families and ruin lives. This past Shabbat, our congregation had the privilege of hearing from Kamal Essaheb,https://1.usa.gov/1ztavhO an immigration policy attorney at the National Immigration Law Center in Washington, D.C. who spoke eloquently about his personal history while offering specific ways individuals can help this important cause.
Immigration reform is a subject close to our hearts at The Village Temple, with a rabbi from the Netherlands, a religious school educator from the former Soviet Union, and a cantorial soloist from Morocco. You probably don’t have to go back too many generations to find an immigrant connection in every Village Temple family. As the child of immigrant parents, for me one of the most moving passages in the Torah was the admonition in Deuteronomy: “You shall love the stranger, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt.” This spring, working with New Sanctuary, The Village Temple plans to put these words into action.