Shavuot Study Resources
Passover Haggadahs and Seder Supplements
Welcome Weekend, Start of Holiday Season
As we begin our celebrations this holiday season, we start by focusing on the importance of home and belonging. As the world faces the largest refugee crisis since the end of World War II, many are forced to flee their homes and leave behind their family, friends, and livelihoods. This holiday season, we ask that you dedicate a worship service or event in your congregation to Syrian refugees to help promote understanding of the plight of individuals seeking safety in the region and in Europe, as well as the need for the United States to contribute additional international humanitarian assistance, resettle more refugees, and ensure that communities have the resources they need to help refugees integrate and thrive as they rebuild their lives. Please see the resources below and register to host an event here!
To view additional resources for hosting a welcoming event, please download the Refugees Welcome Toolkit here.
Fourth of July
As we celebrate Independence Day with our friends and families, we must remember those in our communities, especially the families, who still long for freedom. This Fourth of July, we pray for those who are imprisoned in family detention centers across the United States, that they may find the freedom they seek.
World Refugee Day 2015
As we mark World Refugee Day on June 20, we invite you to join us in celebrating refugees’ courage in overcoming adversity and the many gifts they bring to our communities across the United States.
As we honor fathers and the immeasurable contributions they make on their children and families this Father’s Day (June 21), we pray for the families separated by immoral detention and deportation. This Father’s Day, we pay special attention to the impact this separation has on both fathers and their children.
Refugee Community Advocacy Week: June 29- July 2
All Members of Congress will be in their states and local districts the week after World Refugee Day – June 29th – July 2nd.
On Mother’s Day we honor the special role of motherhood in our families. Our mothers perhaps make the most impact on our childhood in shaping how we are raised and who we become. This Mother’s Day we are paying special attention to the crisis we face in regards to mothers and children held in immigration detention facilities, and we share some stories from mothers in detention.
Ash Wednesday marks the 40 days prior to Easter known as Lent. Join us in this time of fasting and prayer to call for proper Immigration Reform.
The weeks before Easter calls us to pray, act, and give. Use our Lenten resources to join others to stand alongside immigrants during this time of fasting and reflection.
Check out these Jewish holiday resources from HIAS for holidays including Sukkot, Seder, Passover, and Rosh Hoshana.
Jewish Shavout Commemorations
Each Thursday of the Omer, beginning April 17, Rabbis Organizing Rabbis (ROR) will share a drash written by a Reform rabbi offering insights on the Omer and the issue of immigration reform.
The communal celebrations and gatherings of Sukkot offer opportunities to reflect on our heritage, values and teachings. Sukkot is also a time to take action for social change. We invite you to study this guide, which highlights the theme of migration within Sukkot and the Jewish response to the broken immigration system.
Download the guide
On this Veterans Day, while we honor those who have served and currently serve in the U.S. military, we also want to stand with Iraqi and Afghan nationals who have assisted U.S. forces. These individuals risk their lives and their families’ lives serving alongside U.S. forces. Because of this they may qualify for a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) because of the persecution and threats they face due to the sacrifice they have made.
Advocating for Special Immigrant Visas
Veterans Day Story and Prayer – Special Immigrant Visa
Worship Resources for Voters
Check out these worship resources and prayers from Church World Service, Interfaith Worker Justice, United Church of Christ, Sisters of Mercy and NETWORK Lobby. And here is a beautiful Prayer of a New Citizen.
Join Catholics across the country for seven days of prayer, reflection, and action to heal our broken immigration system.