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.
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.
Provides classes and cultural enrichment and scholarships to Syrian children in Turkey.
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.
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 JustGiving.com.
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.
Religious School Update – September 2, 2022
September 2, 2022 by tbhrich • Drashot
And our school year is off and running! It was so wonderful to see all of you again after the summer break. I and the teachers are looking forward to an exciting year full of knowledge, projects, and trips we are planning for the kids. As I had mentioned last Sunday, we will not have Religious School on September 4 (because of Labor Day) or September 11 (because of the Solano Stroll). We will meet again on September 18 and have a more consistent schedule from that point onwards. Thank you to all the families who have already signed up to help the Temple at the Solano Stroll and I highly encourage all the families to participate if you can.
And now for the recap. Rabbi Dean led us in our first Tefillah service for the year, getting us back in the rhythm of the service. Jenny’s and Heather’s classes went over what they will cover for the year and enjoyed a fun cupcake decorating session to start off the year. The Bnai Mitzvah class will be concentrating on the Jewish Life Cycle for this year along with preparing Chase for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. It will be an exciting time at the end of October when we have our first in person Bnai Mitzvah in nearly three years.
And that about covers it for now. Everyone have a nice Labor Day Weekend and we’ll see you hopefully on the 11th at the Solano Stroll or at Religious School on the 18th.