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Sanctuary Committee

The Sanctuary Committee works to defend the rights and improve the lives of immigrants and refugees throughout Portland and the state of Oregon. We are members of the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ), working alongside other interfaith congregations to advocate for inclusivity on immigration and refugee policy issues.

Tikkun Olam Adelante

Tikkun Olam Adelante is a community engagement arm of the Sanctuary Committee. We partner with Bienestar de la Familia, a Multnomah County agency serving immigrants and refugees. Through that partnership, we established an English Language Learning class, after school tutoring, and a Spanish/English language exchange staffed by volunteers from the Havurah congregation.

Activism/Political Action

These have included the following:

  • Annual Refugee Shabbat
  • Annual Passover Service and Vigil at ICE Headquarters
  • Educate Havurah members about immigrant and refugee issues
  • Salem Legislative Lobby Day
  • Advocate for legislative and regulatory changes
  • Vigils at ICE headquarters and detention sites
  • ACLU Legal Observers
  • IMIRJ Accompaniment

Co-chairs:  Kathy Gordon, Shari Raider, Robert Trachtenberg

Contact information for members is available in the online directory through the Havurah website. If you are not sure how to access the directory, please contact the office staff for directions.

Sat, January 22 2022 20 Shevat 5782