Immigrants and Refugees
In 2019, Touro Synagogue began a journey of support to focus on the needs of immigrant families in New Orleans and beyond. In the early days, those involved in this project worked with the Mississippi Center for Justice for a number of months to bring relief to individuals and families affected by the ICE raids that took place in six Mississippi communities in August of that year. Touro was one of the recipients of the Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus Initiative for Immigrant and Refugee Justice at the Religious Action Center for our work and commitment to support local immigrant families in need of emergency housing, made all the more urgent during the then health and economic crisis. In 2021, we expanded the scope of the work and partnered with Home is Here NOLA to join a community-based system of support with newly arrived immigrants. We join Home is Here in their belief that “multiracial relationships of solidarity have the power to break through systems of exclusion and build new systems of equity and communities of belonging in the Gulfsouth.”
For more information, please contact Rabbi Bauman.