National Refugee Shabbat a Project of HIAS in collaboration with JFS, Congregation B’nai Israel, Congregation Beit Ahavah and the Jewish Community of Amherst


Contact: Maxine Stein, President & Chief Executive Officer, (413) 737-0323


Join Congregations Beit Ahavah, Congregation B'nai Israel, the Jewish Community of Amherst and Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts, for National Refugee Shabbat-a nation-wide program of The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). Synagogues across North America will give voice to our values as American Jews in a time of unprecedented attempts to close our country's borders to those seeking freedom from violence and persecution.

On Friday October 19, at 6:00 pm, join us for a Musical Kabbalat Shabbat service at Beit Ahavah Synagogue, 130 Pine Street, Florence, followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner, including sample pierogis made by Irida Kahtiranova, who resides in sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Northampton. Dinner will be followed by a lay-led text discussion related to refugees.

On Saturday, October 20, at 9:30 am please attend the CBI Annual Sandra Goldsmith Social Justice Shabbat at Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect Street, Northampton. The Shabbat service will incorporate special readings and Jewish teachings about our responsibilities to refugees and asylum seekers, and include a D'var Torah by Maxine Stein, CEO of Jewish Family Services of Western MA. The Kiddush Luncheon will feature food from refugee countries of origin and will be followed by a relevant post-Kiddush panel discussion.

On Saturday, October 27, Shabbat Morning services at the Jewish Community of Amherst will include a talk by Maxine Stein, CEO of Jewish Family Services of Western MA. Please join the JCA for this important opportunity to intermingle the spiritual dellight of Shabbat with a renewed committment to addressing the plight of refugees.