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Responding to the Immigration Crisis


UPDATE: Thursday, July 5

Our thanks to the congregants who represented Temple Emanu-El at the Families Belong Together March and for standing up for dignity, decency, and human rights.

UPDATE – Monday, July 2

Temple Emanu-El has responded to the Immigrant Crisis in the manner below:

- Temple Emanuel in McAllen Texas will distribute the items that have been donated by Temple Emanu-El.
  • 288 Coloring Books
  • 300 8 Count Crayons
  • 288 Teddy Bears with Ribbons

- Temple Emanu-El's toiletry drive was a success. We collected over 2500 items which included: tissues, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lip balm, bacterial wipes, deodorant, soap bars and dental floss.

- The Children's Village is housing 17 Immigrant Children in their care. Children ages 12-17 will receive. 
  • 24 Comb and Brush Combo
  • 48 18 inch Drawstring Backpacks
  • 48 2 pack 4-in-1 Color Ball pens
  • 48 Lip Balms
  • 48 Oral Care Travel Kit/Crest Toothpaste
  • 48 Clairol Shampoo
  • 48 Journals
  • 48 3 Ply Pocket Tissues-6 pack
  • 36 Stuffed Bears with Red Ribbon
  • 36 Men's Socks
  • 30 Women's socks

I would like to thank Marlene Yokel, Lee Robbins and Mark Heutlinger for help with sorting and packaging the cartons that will be sent today to Temple Emanuel in McAllen, Texas.   I will keep all updated on any further volunteer efforts that may assist the Immigrant Crisis.

Susan Kaufman
Chair, Tikkun Olam Committee

Wednesday, June 27

Our history as Jews impels us to respond to the immigration crisis. There are a variety of opportunities for our members to take action.

Read more below:

In the spirit of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, who prayed with his feet, and in coordination with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, join with other New Yorkers in a national day of action at the End Family Separation NYC March in Foley Square on Saturday, June 30, at 10:00 AM. Anyone who wishes to participate as part of the Temple Emanu-El community is welcome to meet Rabbi Davidson at 9:00 AM at the temple's East 65th Street entrance. The group will depart at 9:15 and travel downtown together via subway. If you wish to meet us at the march, the meeting point will be on the City Hall Park Path, between the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall subway station (4, 5, 6 lines) and the City Hall station (N, R lines).

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Jessica Ingram, Director of Member Services at

Read and share the American Jewish Committee's reaction to the Supreme Court Decision on the Presidential Travel Ban.

Sign the letter shared by Rabbi Davidson on Friday.

Video: A Letter to our Leaders on Immigration: Rabbi Davidson offered the following remarks on Friday, June 22, at Temple Emanu-El, NYC.

Provide tangible support to detainees and separated families. By Friday, June 29, please bring the following sample-size items to the lobby of 1 East 65 Street, which we will collect and distribute.
  • toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss
  • tissues and wet wipes
  • deodorant (solid only)
  • brushes and combs

During the last year, Temple Emanu-El has partnered with Congregation Rodeph Sholom to welcome and sponsor a refugee family through HIAS. The men, who are cousins, are arriving in early July. Volunteers from both congregations are busy preparing their apartment and are ready to help them become acclimated to the the city. We urgently turn to you now, to see if you — or someone you know — owns a business that would be able to offer an entry level job (i.e. in a stockroom, retail store, cleaning position, etc.) so these men can begin to support themselves immediately upon their arrival. Their residence will be in Washington Heights, so an easy commute to the UWS or anywhere in Manhattan is appreciated. Please contact Rabbi Amy Ehrlich at