On Friday January 26, Congregation B’nai Israel welcomes Daniel Vega and Justin Remer-Thamert from the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice, speaking on the topic of “Welcoming the Stranger.” As it says in the Bible: ‘The strangers who reside with you shall be to you as your citizens; you shall love each one as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.’ Leviticus 19:34.
We are a people of immigrants. Throughout our history, we have been strangers in a strange land who have fled violence and poverty, and have been oppressed simply for being strangers. Approximately 85,000 undocumented immigrants live in New Mexico. They too have fled violence and poverty. They live among us, raise families, go to school, go to work, and yet remain strangers to us.
Justin Remer-Thamert, age 29, will talk about the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice and its mission. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, and also meet Daniel Vega, a Faith Coalition Rapid response coordinator. He will give insight into how the Coalition coordinates protecting immigrants, addressing their personal needs, and coordinating with partner organizations.
This will be a lay led service. Services start at 7:30, preceded by a light meal at 6:30. All are welcome to attend the services and no response is needed. If planning to come for the meal, please RSVP to the synagogue at 266-0155 so they can prepare adequately.
B’nai Israel synagogue is located at 4401 Indian School NE, at the corner of Washington and Indian School.