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Sanctuary Or Shalom


Sanctuary Or Shalom is an action group at Or Shalom focusing on a congregational-wide effort to support immigrants under threat in our community. This group creates awareness and opportunities for action within the wider congregation and allows for more deeply engaged work for interested members. 

To get more information or become involved, please contact Leslie Roffman at​​​​​​​.

Or Shalom Declares Itself a Sanctuary Synagogue

In late March, 2020, following several months of meetings, educational activities and action opportunities, Or Shalom members voiced unanimous approval in taking the step to become an explicit member of the New Sanctuary Movement and declare Or Shalom a Sanctuary Synagogue. At its April meeting, the OS Board made it official by passing a motion confirming this step. 

As we learned during our discernment period, offering support and sanctuary is multi-faceted and not always physical. While we’re currently on pause for in-person action, there are continuing opportunities to act from our shelter-in-place situations. 

  • Join other synagogues in San Francisco to support the Immigrant Bond Fund. 

  • Join members of our Safety Net Action Committee in writing letters to those in detention. OS member Linda Chafetz is the point-person for getting involved. See her story about her experience here. 

  • Join OS members who attend Interfaith Movement 4 Human Integrity at their monthly vigils (now online) at the SF ICE Building to raise our voices in support of immigrants in detention. OS member Deborah Frangquist has been participating and can help answer questions. Click here for OS member stories about the ICE vigils. 

Questions? Have ideas? Want to get involved? Contact Janet Jacobs, to discuss. 


Go and Study: Resources about Sanctuary and Immigrant Advocacy

HIAS - Welcome the stranger. Protect the refugee. Is another resource that helps us understand the moral and ethical imperative to take a stand in support of immigrants. 

Our own movement, Reconstructing Judaism, regularly participates in New Sanctuary Movement activities (our rabbis have joined groups in protest at the southern border) and speaks out against the current inhumane practices and policies, like Remain In Mexico. 

Mikdash: A Jewish Guide to the New Sanctuary Movement. Published by T’ruah. 



Fri, July 10 2020 18 Tammuz 5780