Eshel Across North America Weekend
October 22-24, 2021
As we read every year in Parashat Vayera, Avraham and Sarah plant an Eshel tree near their tent to signal the welcome of strangers. It is during this weekend that we, the Eshel community, celebrate our commitment to inclusion and dialogue and explore the mitzvah of hachnassat orchim.
Erica Brown on Hachnassat Orchim
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The quality of hospitality that Avraham and Sarah embodied is the core of our work at Eshel. In preparation for Shabbat Vayera, we are sharing with you sermons, text study materials, and creative resources to help you to enrich the observance of the mitzvah of hachnassat orchim in your kehillah.
Selections from Dr. Gary Zola,
Director of the American JewishArchives in Cincinnatti
Founding Documents for HIAS Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of Massachusetts, 1954
Article from the B’nai Brith Messenger, 1920. Joyous New Year for Refugees Sheltered beneath “Old Glory”
Article from the Sentinal, 1975. Sukkoth gives us a special opportunity to perform the mitzvah of hospitality, by Betsy Dolgin Katz
Article from the American Israelite, 1984. The Duty of the Hour-Russian Refugees by H.S. Henry President of HIAS
Short story published in the Jewish Voice in 1909 entitled, A Seder Night Incident, by Clara Mozzer