Monthly Archives: March 2013

Saturday, March 24 – The Event Goes On!


Next Saturday’s event will happen!

We are still uncertain about whether Maura will be with us in the flesh, but she will speak via skype if we are unable to get her to Philly.

Please come out to see the documentary, “Niños de la Memoria” and take advantage of the opportunity to hear the film’s producer, Maria Teresa Rodriquez speak as well!

Sunday, March 24, 2013
Campion Hall, St. Joseph’s University, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA



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A Tomato on the Seder Plate: A Passover Seder for Food Justice

A Tomato on the Seder Plate:
A Passover Seder for Food Justice
Friday, March 29, 7PM*
at Mishkan Shalom,
4101 Freeland Avenue
Phila PA 19128

Mishkan Shalom is thrilled to welcome
The Philly Campaign for Fair Food, Friends of Farmworkers, T’ ruah, and the Jewish Labor Committee
As we jointly sponsor a seder of learning, Passover ritual, celebration, and song.

· Learn about the lives and struggles of Florida farmworkers and the movement for justice in the tomato fields led by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)
· Find out about ways to support CIW’s campaigns here in Philadelphia
· Get simple, practical tips for eating more justly
· Gain a new understanding of the deep meaning of Passover rituals

To learn about the CIW’s Fair Food Campaign, visit:

*Dinner will not be served, but Passover ritual foods will be part of the celebration
*There is no cost for the event, but donations to Mishkan Shalom to defray costs are appreciated.

*RSVP to to let us know that you’ll be there!

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Update on March 24

Dear Friends,

We were taken by surprise when we learned Monday afternoon that Maura Contreras, anticipated speaker at our March 24th event,  Disappeared Children in El Salvador and a Mother’s Search, was denied a visa by the U.S. embassy in El Salvador.  

Maura was prepared for her appointment with a file of letters of invitation and support for her visa application from the Romero Interfaith Center and our three member congregations: from the provost of Saint Joseph’s University, and from Representative Chaka Fattah.  Despite all this, the embassy official dismissed her after only a few minutes saying there would be no visa issued that day.

We are currently working through our elected officials with hope to appeal this decision.  

We will continue to update you on the status of Maura’s visit, but no matter what happens we will hold the event on  March 24th.  We will show the documentary, Niños de la Memoria, which tells the story of three families, their search for their disappeared children and their longing for reunification.  María Teresa Rodríguez , the producer of the film, will speak about the process of making the documentary and the stories it reveals.   And Maura will join us, whether in person or via Skype. 

We will have an update on the status of Maura’s visa and her potential visit by the end of the week.  Thank you for standing with us in solidarity with the people of El Salvador.

In peace,

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