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Sanctuary Or Shalom

Sanctuary Or Shalom is a congregation-wide effort to support immigrants under threat in our community. Our goals are to create awareness and opportunities for action among the wider congregation, and to allow for more deeply engaged work for interested members. 

friends afuera

The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity coordinates two programs to walk alongside people targeted by the immigration system.  Several Or Shalom individuals or groups have started participating in one of them, Friends Afuera ("Friends Outside"), writing letters and providing commissary funds on a monthly basis to someone incarcerated in a detention center. More about Friends Afuera...


If you would like to participate in Friends Afuera as an individual or as part of an OS  group, or if you are interested in learning more about Interfaith Movement’s other accompaniment program, Nueva Esperanza, accompanying newly arrived immigrants, contact

accompaniment at or shalom

Accompaniment is a sanctuary term for actions in support of a specific individual or family. Or Shalom is currently accompanying a family from Guatemala, a mother and her three sons.

Or Shalom Accompaniment Fundraiser

We are contributing funds to ease the family’s way with financial support, including rent. Any amount donated will be meaningful as it joins with the collective generosity of our Or Shalom community. Please donate what you can via this form.  If you would like to donate clothes to the El Principe de Paz clothes drive for children in Guatemala, please email

SANCTUARY or shalom Activities/OPPORTUNITies


Ongoing Sanctuary Activities 

• Join Friends Afuera or Accompaniment Activities.

• Research and organize sanctuary opportunities for Or Shalom.

• Join the leadership of sanctuary efforts at Or Shalom.

• Contact for more information.



Join HIAS to welcome the 117th Congress by  collecting OS signatures and requesting a meeting with our congressional representatives to urge them to support efforts to support immigrants and refugees. Contact if interested.



#Sanctuary Homes       

March 2, 2021, 7:30pm

(by Zoom; link to be announced)

Presented by Hand in Hand


Why is an organization for domestic workers doing a workshop at Or Shalom about sanctuary? Because iving our politics begins at home. 


How do we take our commitment to sanctuary and solidarity, and translate that to how we show up in our homes, neighborhoods, and at the wider community level? 

How can we use the power and privilege we have to live our vision and values of interdependence and mutual care?


Join Or Shalom and Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, to explore our experiences of mutual support and learn practical ways in which we can show up for our immigrant sisters and brothers, starting at home. This workshop will be particularly relevant to those of us who might employ immigrant workers as nannies, house-cleaners, homecare attendants or gardeners,  or as well as those of us who live in communities where domestic workers are common. 


Vigil for Freedom and Liberation       

March 19, 2021, 12-1pm

(by Zoom; link to be announced)

A Passover-themed vigil with Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and Congregation Sha'ar Zahav

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, while we cannot physically gather for prayer or public witness, the need for community action and spiritual vision remains urgent.

Join us in our livestreamed vigils as we stand with those directly impacted by unjust systems: the prison system and mass incarceration, U.S. immigration systems and laws, and U.S. foreign and domestic policies that damage people’s lives. Together we will respond: inspire to action and be inspired to action; pray in community; support and be supported; and honor all of humanity.


This vigil is in honor of our liberation from slavery as expressed by the holiday of Passover.  Please let us know if you would like to participate in the planning or program. We also invite you to attend, experience and be moved to act.


Read Or Shalom members' reflections on the ICE vigils. 

sanctuary or shalom's guiding partners

Truah’s Mikdash work helped shape our conception of the New Jewish Sanctuary Movement. It continues to help provide us with Jewish grounding for the work we do.  This guide was especially helpful. 


Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HI) sponsors Friends Afuera (pairing volunteers outside detention with detainees, exchanging letters and providing commissary funds) and Nueva Esperanza (accompanying someone living in your community) and provides advocacy, actions and vigil opportunities.


Faith in Action Bay Area works to build shared leadership that takes action to uphold the dignity of all people and transform unjust systems. Many of the leaders are immigrants and many of the campaigns come directly from the expressed needs of the immigrant community. Our compa, Maria, comes to us through our Faith in Action connections.


HIAS (originally Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) works for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and freedom. Some of our sanctuary actions have come through HIAS.


Contact to learn more about our involvement with these organizations.

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