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HIAS Refugee Shabbat with Rabbi Evette, Hal Aqua, and Carla Sciaky, and Sarah Jackson of Casa de Paz

Saturday, March 6, 2021 22 Adar 5781

10:00 AM - 11:30 AMVirtual



With more than 80 million people worldwide who have fled their homes due to persecution and violence, we are now witnesses to one of the largest humanitarian crises in human history. Over the last four years, in the United States, the past administration has essentially ground the U.S. refugee admissions program to a halt and decimated the asylum system. As we welcome a new administration, we celebrate the opportunity to look towards a return to the value of welcoming those in need of a safe place to call home and continuing the Jewish community’s support for pro-refugee and asylum seeker policies across the globe.  

Sarah Jackson, Founder and CEO of Casa de Paz will join us for services to talk about her work. Casa de Paz is the only organization in Colorado offering shelter to released immigrants and their families.

Since their founding in 2012 as a small, one-bedroom apartment offering hospitality to families separated by immigrant detention. Casa de Paz embraces the Jewish reminder of not standing idly by (Lo  ta’amod al dam rei’echa) and loving the stranger (the stranger (Ahavat ger) and Sarah's talk will speak to these values.

All of us are compelled to come out and come forward. Learn more about Casa de Paz and their promise that as long as detention centers keep families apart, there will also be a welcoming home with our doors wide open. Casa de Paz most urgently needs donations of adult-sized backpacks, warm winter gear, and money orders or gift cards. To learn more about donating, please see below.

B'nai Havurah is a proud participant in HIAS’ Refugee Shabbat, during which Jews in the United States and around the world will take action for refugees and asylum seekers.  

Registration, as well as your intention to help Casa de Paz keep their doors open, requested below.

When Sarah Jackson (she/her) visited the US/Mexico border in 2012, it changed the course of her life. She spent time with people who’d been deported, listened to their stories, and learned about their reasons for migrating and the dangers they’d faced. She also witnessed families being separated.

Her own family is super close—the kind of tight-knit family that looks forward to every minute together. They also believe in treating others compassionately. So, when Sarah saw families being torn apart, she couldn’t look away. She returned to Colorado, but there was no going back to normal.

Back home, Sarah took stock of her resources: a one bedroom apartment, a love for volleyball, and a belief that families belonged together. It wasn’t much but it was enough. She opened Casa de Paz and started Volleyball Internacional, a volleyball league that donates 100% of its profits to pay for operating expenses of the hospitality home. She’s been hosting and helping to reunite families ever since.

If you ask Sarah how she does it, she’ll laugh and say it’s not rocket science. For the thousands of people whose isolation has been eased by the Casa de Paz community, it’s something even better. It’s love.

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Thank you for joining us for our HIAS Refugee Shabbat with Casa de Paz.

We appreciate your registration below.
Please review Casa de Paz's wish list and indicate if you intend to make a donation. All items may be delivered to B'nai Havurah during office hours. If you wish, you may also email to set up a time to deliver items to Casa de Paz. Donations can also be mailed to: Casa de Paz, PO Box 111351, Aurora, CO, 80042. 
We ask that all donations be made between now and the final day of Passover, April 3.

Casa de Paz
Wish List


Adult Sized Backpacks

Immigrants released from detention typically carry all their important belongings in thin plastic bags. We give everyone a sturdy backpack to keep their personal items safe as they make their way home.  New or gently used are accepted.

Warm Winter Gear

Adult sized winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves. Gently used items are accepted.

Money Orders

You can purchase a $25 money order which we will pass along to a detained immigrant. They will then use the money order to purchase items like soap, snacks, a calling card to speak with their loved ones, and other items in the commissary store.

King Soopers or Target Gift Cards

It’s nice to have these on hand when we need fresh food or supplies for our Guests.

I intend to help Casa de Paz keep its promise to provide a welcoming home with their doors wide open as long as detention centers keep families apart!


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