05.10.2023 - Chag Succot Sameach from HIAS+JCORE

Dear Friends,

Sitting in our Succahs this week, we naturally reflect on our own Jewish refugee history and experience – and are reminded of our responsibility to support those seeking sanctuary and permanent shelter today.

In the run up to Succot, I was delighted to be invited by the Council of Christians and Jews to share my reflections on the meaning of the festival. In my piece, I argue that Succot, as a festival of migration, is a vital time of year to create a positive narrative around those leaving their home country. You can read my full blog on their website

Throughout this week, we’ve been proud to share a series of Succot videos from Rabbis, showing support for refugees and asylum seekers. The videos feature Rabbis from five denominations – we’re really pleased and encouraged to see voices from across the Jewish community speaking out for those seeking sanctuary here.

You can watch their thoughtful contributions on our website. And if you’ve been inspired by their message and want to take action to support refugees, why not consider signing up to volunteer with HIAS+JCORE as a befriender on our JUMP project?

“Surely the lessons we have learned as a people is to understand the suffering of those escaping persecution of whatever nature?”

In the run-up to festival, we were deeply saddened and alarmed by the Home Secretary’s speech on the Refugee Convention. Succot provides a great opportunity to be positive about the contribution refugees can make to our society – and reflect about the need to support those fleeing persecution, discrimination and destitution.

You can read our full comment, which calls for a fairer refugee policy, in the Jewish News here.

Thank you for your continuing support, and wishing you a very happy Chag.