How One Westchester Synagogue Saved a Life

April 25, 2021, 10:00 am

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Presented by the World Jewry Committee

Hosted by Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz and moderated by Holly Rosen Fink

In 2017, Rabbi Aaron Brusso of Mount Kisco’s Congregation Bet Torah, led a communal effort to bring back their deported custodian, Armando Rojas. Rojas had been deported by ICE to Mexico after living and working in America for more than twenty years. Rojas was eventually readmitted into the United States, but it was not easy getting him back. This was partly due to the bravery and determination of Rabbi Brusso and members of his congregation. Come hear Rabbi Brusso outline this unusual journey.

Aaron Brusso is the rabbi of Congregation Bet Torah in Mount Kisco, NY. Mount Kisco is home to many new immigrants from Latin America, and Rabbi Brusso has been a leading supporter and partner with local organizations such as Neighbors Link, which seeks to strengthen the community through the healthy integration of immigrants.

In 2017, he led a coalition of groups in organizing the Mount Kisco March and Rally for Our Immigrant Neighbors. In 2018, he led a communal effort to bring back Bet Torah’s deported custodian Armando Rojas. In addition to pastoring, preaching, teaching and leading in the Bet Torah community, Rabbi Brusso is also an oecer and on the Executive Council of his professional organization, the Rabbinical Assembly. He is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute.

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