Refugee Crisis and How You Can Help

Chevre/Fellow Congregants:

As we watch the continuing refugee crisis in Europe unfold before our eyes, I am sure many of you are wondering how you can help. Below is a list of organizations, Jewish and International, that are on the scene and need donations. Yet, we cannot ignore the United States’ own involvement in the Middle East and North Africa, and so we must also call upon our own government to take in more refugees here. This is a crisis of global significance and these sorts of migrations will only continue as long as we as a world community continue to ignore the increasing scramble for resources caused by climate change and growing income inequality.

Jewish tradition teaches us – in the Torah, in the Talmud, in the Passover Haggadah – that we should be kind to the stranger, for we were once strangers in the land of Egypt. Indeed, we have been “strangers in a strange land” for most of our history. Stay tuned for more information on this important issue. In the meantime, here’s how you can help.

Doctors Without Borders, www.doctorswithoutborders.org.
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), www.hias.org.
International Rescue Committee (IRC), www.rescue.org.
Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (JCDR), www.jdc.org/jcdr.
United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), www.unhcr.org.

B’tikvah/In Hope,
Rabbi Susan

Published in Rabbi Susan's Blog on September 18, 2015