January 13, 2018, 9:30 am
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Join us on January 13 for Sisterhood Shabbat. Beth Werlin, the executive director of the American Immigration Council, will speak about today’s refugees and other immigrants and how their experiences relate to ours as Jews. Werlin’s topic is particularly timely as our congregation anticipates the arrival in early 2018 of the refugee family being sponsored by Beth El. Don’t miss this very special occasion. Some of us know firsthand what it means to arrive in this country as a refugee. Others have parents or grandparents who made the journey, while many more are familiar with the dislocation, hardships, fears, and hopes that more distant relatives experienced. And all Jews know the story of the Exodus.
Founded in 1987, the nonprofit Council promotes laws, policies, and attitudes consistent with our history as a nation of immigrants. Werlin leads the Council’s efforts to promote sensible and humane immigration policies and to achieve justice and fairness for all immigrants under law. She has been with the Council since 2001, serving in various positions on the legal team until 2015, and as policy director from 2015-2016. She has worked to protect the rights of noncitizens throughout her career. Werlin was a judicial law clerk at the immigration court in Boston, Massachusetts, and then a fellow at the National Association of Public Interest Law, now Equal Justice Works. She earned her her B.A. from Tufts University and J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Also at Sisterhood Shabbat, congregant Sharon Zissman will receive the Golda Meir Award for her significant contributions to Beth El and Sisterhood.