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Montclair Sanctuary Alliance

Dear Friends,

Love the stranger.  Deuteronomy 10:19

Many of us are living lives that are the fulfillment of our parents’ and grandparents’ risks and sacrifices to come to the United States. Our freedom, prosperity, safety and in many cases our existence – came about because a previous generation took the risk in a moment of uncertainty to come here. Maybe that is why so many of us are alarmed and concerned by immigrants being threatened with deportation.

There are a growing number of churches and synagogues that are offering sanctuary to individuals fearing deportation. This works because there is a longstanding policy of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to avoid arrests on congregational property. Sanctuary may offer an individual time to seek a deferment or other resolution that will allow them to maintain their residency. Sometimes the public attention itself seems to open up new possibilities.

The Bible commands us repeatedly to protect the stranger.

A number of Montclair congregations are working together to support the Sanctuary Movement. While there are several ways to support the Sanctuary Movement, including advocating to change federal and local policy, what we are doing in Montclair is actually creating a space within the Bnai Keshet building to offer physical shelter to an individual or family at risk of deportation.

To this end, we need your support. Funds are needed to renovate space for a long-term guest seeking sanctuary. In addition, funds are needed to help cover costs of living (medical, food, legal, etc.) for a guest who can no longer work.  Our initial goal is to raise $10,000 to support this effort. Any surplus funds beyond what are needed will be directed to other faith based efforts to support the Sanctuary Movement.

Please click below and give what you can.

Let us join together as a community to love and protect the stranger.


Many Thanks,


Sue Weintraub                                            Rabbi Elliott Tepperman          


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We gratefully acknowledge the following for their generous donations:

The Wiener Family

John & Maureen Zurlo

Alison Bolshoi

Garrison Family

Sidney Simon

The Rosen Family

Michael & Jane Schwartzberg

Rabbi Elliott Tepperman & Sarah O'Leary

Blackman Family

Post Family

The Hertzog Family

Weintraub Family

The Drucker/Elms Family

The Martoglio Family


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