Eitz Action

The Eitz Action Committee coordinates activities of the congregation promoting Tikkun Olam, working to repair our broken world through involvement, consistent with Jewish values, in social justice (including environmental justice) projects in our local and global communities.

Eitz Chayim is proud to be a part of the Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition (CISC). We will continue to update this page with information about CISC as well as information about other social and environmental justice causes that are important to our community.

Here are some resources about the Coalition and providing sanctuary:

Immigration Law 101 Educational Forum

Posted by mgw on July 25, 2017 in eitz_action

Immigration Law 101
A Tzedek Reflection Immigration Education Forum

Wednesday, August 2nd
Temple Beth Shalom
670 Highland Ave, Needham MA

To become effective allies to our immigrant neighbors, we need to educate ourselves on the legal and political definitions, distinctions, and administrative procedures that determine the rights and status of different immigrants and refugees living in Massachusetts, and in the Boston area.

Join us for an educational forum to learn from immigration law experts Gerry Rovner and Aimee Mayer-Salins about the basics of immigration law as well as the current legal challenges facing the immigrant and refugee communities. 

We’ll also be breaking into small groups lead by congregational leaders to learn about the following action opportunities:

  • Congregational support of refugee families
  • Sanctuary congregations
  • Solidarity with immigrant communities
  • Interfaith and community efforts
  • Legislative advocacy for the Safe Communities Act

About our speakers:

Gerry Rovner has an extensive and wide ranging expertise in the practice of immigration and nationality law. As a private practitioner, he has spent his career providing representation, guidance, and advice to a wide range of clients concerning immigrant and non-immigrant visas in business, student, and family related matters as well as citizenship and consular issues. He is a Past Chair of the New England Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) as well as a former member of the MA Governor’s Advisory Council on Immigrants and Refugees.

Aimee Mayer-Salins is an Associate at Fragomen’s Boston office, where she represents clients in a wide array of immigrant and nonimmigrant matters. Prior to joining Fragomen, Aimee practiced removal defense and family-based immigration at a law firm in Boston. She also completed a fellowship with Boston College’s Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, where she represented foreign nationals seeking to return to the United States after deportation.

Please RSVP for this meeting by filling out this form!


60 Attendees Gathered March 29 to Learn About Safe Communities Act



The Tzedek Reflection Strategy Team:

Abby Flam, Jim Cohen; Temple Emanuel, Newton
Felice Mendell; Temple Sinai, Brookline
Beth Pinals; Temple Beth Shalom, Needham
Taylor Ferguson; Temple Israel, Boston
Neil Silverston, Julie Kreiss; Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley
Sheila Decter, Cindy Rowe, Hannah Klein; Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, Boston
Beverly Schwartz-Katsh; Newton Center Minyan, Newton
Sherry Flashman, Nechama Katz; Hillel Bnai Torah



Tzedek Reflection brings together people from over 30 urban and suburban synagogues and individuals from Eastern Massachusetts, engaging over 200 people from across denominational lines to work in coalition with other social justice and faith-based groups. Through integrating education, service, and advocacy, Tzedek Reflection has created a unique pathway to act on our Jewish values, engaging in public policy and social justice issues. In the past, Tzedek Reflection has made an impact on public policy issues such as minimum wage, earned sick time, and food insecurity.

Tzedek Reflection is a program supported by the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA).