We Can Help Some Refugees from Darfur

Several families from Darfur  will soon be resettled here in MetroWest.  The first family, presently in Egypt, consists of three small children aged 2, 4 and 6, plus a mother and father with high hopes and little English.

JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) has received a federal grant through HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) that will enable our community to take five or six families – about 25 people – out of the refugee camps in Chad for resettlement here in Northern New Jersey, providing support in the form of case management, translation, English classes, and job placement assistance.

We can all help in welcoming these families with home furnishings, clothing, and all manner of things needed by the mothers, fathers, and children as they settle into their new homes.

We will be distributing information about collection of these items through the SJCC as we get more details.  For now, please start setting some things aside.  Our Social Action Committee will be taking charge of this project for our congregation.



About Rabbi Avi Friedman

I am the rabbi of Congregation Ohr Shalom - SJCC, a progressive Conservative and traditional congregation. I am also husband to Jodi as well as father to Gabi, Jonah, Jessica and Ilana. I have been a part of the Summit community since 2005.
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