Syrian Refugee Crisis: How You Can Help

As I promised in my Rosh Hashanah morning drash, here is a list of organizations you can support to help the Syrian refugees.  Don’t forget to write the President, our senators, and your congressional representative to ask that we in the US quickly admit more Syrian refugees.

1. Migrant Offshore Aid Station

This charity exists to save children like Alan Kurdi, with a fleet of rescue boats patrolling the Mediterranean to save migrants lost at sea.

2. Refugees Welcome

Dubbed as a kind of “Airbnb for refugees” this German nonprofit matches people with spare rooms with refugees in need of housing. If you don’t have a spare bed in Germany, you can still donate here.

3. The Worldwide Tribe in Calais

A group of social activists documenting stories in the Calais migrant camp, they also raise relief funds.  

4. Small Projects Istanbul

Provides classes and cultural enrichment and scholarships to Syrian children in Turkey.

5. Karam Foundation

A US-based charity that works in Turkey and is also focused on educational opportunities for Syrian children, currently raising funds to rebuild schools in Syria.

6. Hand in Hand for Syria

One of the few organizations that directly provides aid on the ground in Syria, including food, clothing, water, sanitation and crucial medical assistance to “help people to stay in Syria instead of fleeing to another country.” They accept donations via their page on

7. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Charity Navigator has a list of highly ranked charities currently helping Syrian refugees.

Among them is Globalgiving that supports grassroots support for Syrian refugees, International Medical Corps, and Medical Teams International, which provide medical care to refugees.