During the holiday of Sukkot, Jews are commanded to spend time in the Sukkah, a temporary outdoor dwelling. When we sit in the Sukkah, we remember the Israelites' journey after leaving Egypt, and reflect on experiences of both vulnerability and sanctuary as we walked through the desert toward a better future.
As we commemorate our history of being afforded sanctuary in times of deep vulnerability, we cannot ignore the heightened fear that immigrant communities face today under the Trump Administration.
That's why this year, Bend the Arc: New York invites Jews on Long Island to mark Sukkot with an event for immigrant justice. We will break bread together, share in ritual, educate ourselves about the dangers immigrant communities live with on Long Island, and take action to call out for protection from detention and deportation.
Together we say: We commit to taking action alongside our immigrant neighbors so that that next Sukkot we can truly celebrate shelter and sanctuary for all Long Islanders.