Kids in cages. Communities under threat of deportation. Refugees turned away. Muslims banned. Senseless hatred carried out by government agencies. Humanitarian crises manufactured. People dehumanized. Racism and xenophobia behind it all.

The immigrant-led organization United We Dream is asking allies to hold vigils and protests outside Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) office nationwide. On the holiday of Tisha B’Av (August 10-11, 2019), T’ruah, Bend the Arc, J Street and the National Council of Jewish Women are partnering to coordinate Jewish vigils and protests, demanding an end to this unfolding modern-day catastrophe. Last year more than a dozen Jewish communities across the country held similar events, and unfortunately, we have even more reasons to protest today.

We must demonstrate publicly that the Jewish community will not turn its back on refugees arriving in our country and our immigrant neighbors already here.

Act in solidarity with immigrant communities by holding a vigil or protest outside your local ICE office or immigration detention center. (You can find an ICE office or immigrant detention center near you here.)

Please be mindful about planning events outside facilities where children are held because of the risk of the kids’ confusion about the purpose of the event. It is preferable to target offices or adult detention facilities.

Please register your local event here, and we’ll add it to a list below.

Events are planned for the following cities, but we are waiting for additional information. Please check back for information about events in Chicago; Durham, N.C.; Jerusalem; Los Angeles; New York, N.Y.; Newark, N.J.; Palo Alto, Ca.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Portland, Ore.; Richmond, Va; Santa Clara County, Ca.; and Washington, D.C. You can also view our tracking form for updates on these events here.

 

Boston

Sunday, August 11, 5 p.m. / JFK Federal Building Plaza, Boston

Hosted by Boston Area Rabbis

On Tisha B’Av, the Jewish people lament the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and the slaughter of thousands of innocents. Last year we commemorated the torment of innocent immigrants of refugees. Tragically, we have even more reasons to lament today.

T’ruah, Bend the Arc, J Street and the National Council of Jewish Women are partnering to coordinate Jewish observances throughout the country. We lament our modern American catastrophe. This year, we will gather outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service offices, at the JFK Federal Building Plaza.

We must demonstrate publicly that the Jewish community will not turn its back on refugees arriving in our country and our immigrant neighbors already here.

 

Greenfield, MA

Sunday, August 11, 11 a. m. / Greenfield Franklin County House of Corrections, 60 Elm St, Greenfield, MA 01301

Hosted by Prayground Minyan & Pioneer Valley Jewish community

We will gather for the 2nd year on TISHA B’AV, Sunday, August 11, 2019 (time TBD), to lament and bear witness to what is happening in our country at the borders and inside the Greenfield Franklin County Jail, Greenfield, MA which is used by ICE as detention center — to protest with our grief against human beings being imprisoned and endangered, families are separated, children isolated are permanently damaged, people subject to abuse, at the hands of our government and its agents. Quiet vigil, sitting on the ground, staying in the spirit of Tisha B’Av, with tears — not shouting slogans and not marching — and sharing readings and chanting of Laments (Eichah) and stories/poems/writings/songs people choose to bring. We may also include Torah reading — you can get involved in shaping the event.

Kingston, NY (Hudson Valley)

Saturday, August 10, 7:30 p.m. / Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401

Hosted by Woodstock Jewish Congregation; Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley; and New Paltz Jewish Congregation

The three synagogues affiliated with the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network in Ulster County, NY, will sponsor an evening of solidarity with those currently seeking safety and welcome in the United States. The liturgy will merge traditional readings from the Book of Lamentations with stories and quotations from those suffering the horrors of US detention camps and the suffering of those seeking shelter.

Orange County, Calif.

Sunday, August 11, 11 a.m.

Hosted by Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees.