National Refugee Shabbat

Friday, March 20: National Refugee Shabbat is a moment for congregations, organizations, and individuals around the country to dedicate a Shabbat experience to refugees and asylum seekers.
Temple Beth Am organized a special Friday night experience in partnership with HIAS, Tiyya Foundation, and others. The program was originally planned to be held at Temple Beth Am, but we have modified the program for people to celebrate at home!
HIAS offers 11 other ways to take action for National Refugee Shabbat HERE.

A special message from Mark Hetfield

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Malia's Story

Malia and her family fled Somalia because of the Somali Civil War and ended up in a refugee camp in Kenya. She was admitted to the US as a refugee in the early 2000s. The Tiyya Foundation helps Malia's family with soccer and tutoring for her children and now employs Malia as a chef at Flavors From Afar. Malia spoke in March 2018 at TBA for the LA Jews for Refugees and prepared food for a TBA/Tiyya Holiday Party for The People Concern shelter in Compton in December 2018 (funded by a grant from IRUSA). She worked with Tom Fields-Meyer in writing this speech and hopes someday to write a book. You can enjoy a meal prepared by Malia by ordering takeout from Flavors From Afar on Fairfax.
The Social Action Committee

Jo Ann Colker-Arison
Nancy Goldstone, OneLA
Jerry Krautman, TBA Board
Sandra Lepson, Sisterhood
Lia Mandelbaum, TBA Director of Programming
Henry Morgen, OneLA
Gilda Nassir, Pressman ECC Parent Association
Sara Onufer, Pressman ECC Parent Association
Amir Orbach, JLC
Paula Pearlman, OneLA
Susie Pretsky, Pressman Hesed Committee
Tyson Roberts, Refugee Taskforce
Kathy Rosenblatt, Refugee Taskforce
Rabbi Rebecca Schatz, TBA Clergy
Dianne Shershow, JWW/Operation PB&J/Giving Spirit
Reut Sklar, Teen Council
Rabbi Chaim Tureff, Pressman Academy

Quick Contacts

Lia Mandelbaum

Titles: Director of Programming and Engagement
Phone Numbers:
Work: 310-652-7354 ext. 215

Ariana Shane

Titles: Membership Coordinator, Assistant to the Executive Director
Phone Numbers:
Work: 310-652-7354 ext. 223

Natalie Weiss

Titles: Director of Admission & Membership, Pressman Academy & Temple Beth Am
Phone Numbers:
Work: 310-652-7354 ext. 205