Wednesday, April 3rd, Congregation Beth Am is welcoming all of the Los Altos Hills community to gather, connect, and be inspired by the story of Soufra. Standing on the principle of inclusion, service, and interfaith work, Beth Am uses their voice to build a united and empowered community.
Helping refugees has become a priority at Beth Am. Through partnerships with local organizations HIAS and IsraAID, an Israeli-based humanitarian aid agency that responds to emergencies and crisis around the world, they have been able to provide educational programs to the community, provide opportunities to volunteer directly with Syrian refugees on the Island of Lesbos, and are able to sponsor two local refugee families. They are part of a long-standing project called Building Bridges – an interfaith study group, created and led by Beth Am members, in which we partner with a local church and more recently a local Muslim group. In addition, several of the Beth Am members have helped organize Jewish-Muslim women's groups that are still running, such as Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom.
Their efforts to build bridges through interfaith work are remarkable and we are grateful to join hands with them. As Beth Am member Julie Arnheim captured the essence of the Breaking Bread Initiative when she expressed "we are more alike than unalike, finding these common bonds, opening up our kimono to show we are people with shared values... community, family, supporting each other, and understanding the differences that create our individual experience."