SCHENECTADY–Each January Congregation Gates of Heaven commemorates the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an annual community Shabbat event, which will be held this year on Friday, Jan. 24, at the temple, 852 Ashmore Ave., Schenectady. Prof. Sarah Rogerson, director of the Immigration Law Clinic at Albany Law School will be the guest speaker.
The evening will begin with a Shabbat service at 5 p.m. Following the service, at 6 p.m., will be the annual Soup Shabbat Dinner featuring a variety of hearty soups with a requested donation that will be donated to the Immigration Law Clinic. Then, at 7 p.m., Rogerson will lead a community conversation.
The program in collaboration with the Schenectady Clergy Against Hate, is designed to raise awareness of social issues, according to organizers, and members of all faith communities are invited to attend.
The Immigration Law Clinic is an experiential course and students represent immigrant victims of crime, including child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and sexual assault. Rogerson’s students also participate in related legislative advocacy and community outreach initiatives. Rogerson worked as a public interest attorney in Newark, N.J. and has represented immigrant adults and children at a human rights non-profit in Dallas, Texas. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between domestic violence, family law, race, gender, international law, and immigration law and policy.
The soup dinner will feature 15+ different homemade soups along with breads and dessert.
Reservations, which are required by Jan. 17, may be made with Kathy Laws at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the temple at 518-374-8173. Those leaving a message are asked to indicate how many will attend and leave a contact number. Reservations and donations may also be made on the congregation’s website at www.cgoh.org.
Organizers have suggested that the donation for the dinner be the amount that would be spent going out to eat.