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Bearing Witness: A Jewish Perspective on Stewart Detention Center (all faiths welcome)

Sunday, July 14, 2019 11 Tammuz 5779

4:00 PM - 6:00 PMLevin Social Hall at JRC

When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.  - Leviticus 19:33-34

Recently, eight congregants and community members from  Carolina Jews for Justice traveled more than 1,000 miles in less than 48 hours to Lumpkin, GA, home to the infamous Stewart Detention Center and Immigration Court. Stewart is the largest such facility east of the Mississippi River and the location to which most immigrants in North Carolina who are picked up by ICE are sent before being deported.  

Join us as we share what we saw, heard, felt, and learned from our observations in courtrooms, and meetings with immigrants imprisoned at Stewart. We will begin with a screening of PBS’s 25 minute Reel South, Lumpkin, GA for context and background, and then share our personal reflections and findings from the trip. Through brief discussions in small groups we’ll also examine what this present day reality means for us as Jews and ways we can take action, individually and collectively.

Check out this opinion piece about House Bill 370 and lessons learned from the trip to Stewart.

RSVP below. For more information, contact Marian Abernathy


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