Social justice and immigrant advocacy

Cantor Vera Broekhuysen believes that in the United States of America, we are an immigrant nation, and that our history as well as our self-interest mandate an inclusive and welcoming immigration policy. Cantor Broekhuysen is a founding member of the Merrimack Valley Sanctuary Network (2017) and a chaverah (member) of T’ruah: Rabbis and Cantors for Human Rights. She has written publicly about immigration justice, including Jewish and American responsibility to welcome the “stranger.”

“Cantor seeks justice in Guatemala,” op-ed by Cantor Vera Broekhuysen following her trip to Guatemala as a Global Justice Fellow of American Jewish World Service (AJWS); published in The Jewish Advocate February 19th, 2020

“Connecting the Passover Story to the Border Today,” report by Cantor Broekhuysen on March 2019 visit to the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez border with T’ruah and HIAS to witness and learn about detention centers, migrant shelters, and immigration advocacy. Published by Sojourners, April 17th, 2019 (5779)

“Area Clergy Visit Tomato Farm Workers,” report by Cantor Broekhuysen on December 2018 visit to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers with T’ruah to learn about the CIW’s history and current advocacy efforts to strengthen human rights protections for tomato workers. Published by The Jewish Advocate, January 16th, 2019 (5779)

“Lo v’tzidkat’kha (not for your righteousness): Expulsion in parashat Eikev”, d’var Torah by Cantor Broekhuysen, published by T’ruah, July 30th 2018 (5778)

“At a border town, mothers separated from their children wait – and wait,” report by Cantor Broekhuysen on her trip to San Diego and Tijuana with T’ruah to rally, advocate for and learn about immigration on the US/Mexico border. Published by The Forward in Scribe (community contributor network), July 11th 2018

“Area Jews rally for immigrant families” article, including interview with Cantor Broekhuysen, in the Jewish Advocate about State House rally in support of passing 4 key protections for immigrants, July 27th 2018 (by Brett M. Rhyne)

Kinot and kintsugi, article submitted to the Haverhill Gazette in July 2017 as part of a series of articles by members of the Greater Haverhill Clergy Association on current events from a faith-based perspective

“Sanctuary: a Jewish perspective,” from Cantor Broekhuysen’s “Cantor’s Corner” article in the May/June issue of the Temple Emanu-El Bulletin

Personal remarks, delivered at the press conference announcing the formation of the Merrimack Valley Sanctuary Network, April 25th, 2017

Cantor Broekhuysen’s letter to the editor of the Boston Globe in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration,  published on January 31st, 2017.

Cantor Broekhuysen’s 2016 statement in support of admitting Syrian refugees to America, published online by the Center for American Progress, .