Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

On Refugees and Immigration: A Discussion With Rabbi Shull

(Photosby Felicia R. Black)

Rabbi Shull facilitated a well-attended discussion centered on how Tikvat Israel might respond to the current refugee crisis. Approximately 50 TI members filled the Flax Library on Feb. 19, and listened intently to Rabbi Shull’s perspective and the perspectives of fellow congregants on this sensitive subject. A majority of congregants present voiced a desire to work with other faith groups to support refugees in our county. TI’s clergy and volunteers are investigating such opportunities. Other ideas raised included working with Montgomery County’s Hispanic immigrant community, affirming the refugee statement released by United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), and providing educational information about refugees to the TI community.

Rabbi Shull said he welcomes additional congregant input as T.I.’s clergy and leadership determine how to move forward.