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JALSA Purim Action: Pass the Safe Communities Act!

The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA) will be joined by Safe Communities Act co-sponsors Sen. Jamie Eldridge and Rep. Ruth Balser and other lawmakers to urge their colleagues in the Legislature to pass the Safe Communities Act this session.

JALSA will also be joined by activists from the Anti-Defamation League, Keshet, New England Jewish Labor Committee, Kavod, the Social Justice Team at Congregation Beth Elohim (Acton), Temple Isaiah (Lexington), Congregation Etz Chaim (Cambridge), Congregation B’nai Israel Tikkun Olam Committee (Northampton), Temple Beth Zion (Brookline), and Tikkun Central of Temple Israel of Boston, to deliver a Purim message.

Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the Jewish people overcoming an oppressive king who wishes to obliterate them, as told in the book of Esther. The holiday is associated with themes of justice and standing up to power to protect the vulnerable.

The organizers of this event will deliver hamantashan, the customary Purim treat, to the Governor and every legislator, as a reminder that this is a moment to stand up with and for our immigrant neighbors.

The Jewish community’s story is deeply intertwined with immigration. Throughout centuries, the Jewish people were in the position of having to leave their homelands and settle as immigrants in new countries, including in the United States.

Immigrants in our state, and throughout the country, are under threat now from the federal government. The passage of the Safe Communities Act in Massachusetts would guarantee that immigrants here would have their due process rights protected and would restore the ability of immigrants to trust in reaching out to police as a matter of public safety.

Our message is clear: No one should have to live in fear and the Governor and Legislature should take action to pass the Safe Communities Act as soon as possible.