RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF CONGREGATION RODEF SHOLOM
AFFIRMING CONGREGATIONAL SOLIDARITY WITH UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS
WHEREAS the Torah teaches us that we cannot subvert the rights of the non-citizens among us because we ourselves know the pain and fear of being outsiders;
AND WHEREAS we have seen that calls for mass deportation of those who have sought shelter and protection in our country have heightened the occurrence of hate crimes and hate speech against immigrants;
AND WHEREAS such calls have left immigrant communities feeling attacked and dispossessed by a country that they have helped to build and sustain, and created such fear in their children that many cling to their parents or cry in class;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Directors of this Congregation, which represents a membership of over 1100 families, stands with our immigrant neighbors, and that we declare ourselves a Sanctuary Congregation;
AND BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that we join with affected immigrants currently living in uncertainty and fear and stand with them in opposing policy proposals that lead to the subversion of due process and the expansion of racial profiling, that we will support their leaders in the struggle against such efforts, that we will accompany families and individuals as they resist unlawful deportation and discriminatory laws, and that this Congregation authorizes its clergy and congregant communities to take necessary and appropriate actions consistent with this Resolution.
Dated this 1st day of June, 2017.
Hali Croner, President
Martin Konopken, 1st VP
Rachel Mercer, 2nd VP
Rebecca Lein, Treasurer
David Rudnick, Secretary
Susan Goldwasser, WRS President