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Father’s Day at Homestead Detention Center

Date: Sunday, June 16, 2019

1:00 pm: Bus will depart from Temple Beth Am
2:00–5:00 pm: March to End Child Detention
     The rally and vigil will begin at 2:00 pm at the Homestead Child Detention Center.

Parking is difficult and extremely limited. Plan to spend the entire afternoon at the site.
Click here for details and to register for the bus

Dear Temple Beth Am community,

For a parent, there is nothing quite like the feeling of holding the hands of your children, to feel the softness and warmth of those little fingers on your palm. To know that with just this small act of holding hands a parent can calm a child’s stress, show understanding, show support, build connections and give safety.

This past Mother’s Day, parents held their children’s hands as they walked at the Homestead Child Detention Center among a crowd of protesters, who had gathered on Mother’s Day — a day of love and family — to let the children being detained in the Homestead Child Detention Facility know that, although they are separated from family, they are not alone. This was heartbreaking for us, knowing that on the other side of the green fence were close to 3,000 teens who have been separated from family members, who are not allowed to hug, brush one another’s hair, high-five, pat a friend on the back, or hold hands.

On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, 2019, many of us will be with our families and friends enjoying barbecues and sharing hugs. Many others — including all of Miami's Reform congregations — will be travelling to South Dade to protest the conditions of the children being detained in the Homestead Child Detention Facility. We have made arrangements for travel by bus from Temple Beth Am at 1:00 pm or you may drive separately. Click here for more information and to register

The Homestead Child Detention Center is operated by a private company that receives $775 per child per day — giving it little incentive to reunite children with their families. In Homestead, children sleep in rooms with hundreds of bunk-beds, live in a cacophony of noise and follow highly regimented routines. Florida state services do not reach the facility because it is on federal land; meanwhile, normal standards for housing children do not apply because it is classified as a “temporary shelter” and, therefore, exempt from standard regulations.

As hurricane season approaches, the precariousness of the shelter becomes of even greater concern. And we know that detention causes trauma and harm to young people for years to come.

If this situation breaks your heart and you would like to join others — including Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Judea, Temple Israel, Temple Beth Or and fellow Temple Beth Amers — please click here to register and make your travel plans soon. A vigil will be held on Sunday, June 16th followed by a rally. You may drive separately or join us on the bus, which leaves promptly at 1:00 pm. The Homestead Child Detention Center is located at 470 Bouganville Drive in Homestead.

Happy Father’s Day.

Let’s hope that on Father’s Day next year all children in our area will have a hand to hold.

Please join us...

Rabbi Jeremy Barras / Rabbi Rachel Greengrass / Rabbi Judy Kempler / Rabbi Jaime Aklepi

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