Our community has watched the scenes coming out of Afghanistan – the thousands of Afghans, many of whom laid their lives on the lines for allied forces – desperately trying to flee perilous conditions and escape to safety. And many of us have wondered, “what can we do to help?”
We’re gratified to let you know of immediate actions you can take as part of the Greater Boston Jewish community.
You can be part of a comprehensive network welcoming Afghan immigrants and refugees into our community. Building on our track record of organizing a community-wide response to the urgent needs of immigrants, we at JCRC will now be leveraging our expertise to build an infrastructure to welcome Afghan immigrants and refugees to our community.
Here are three ways you can provide for the immediate needs of Afghan immigrants and refugees:
SPONSOR A FAMILY: Team up with synagogue members, school groups, or other communities to sponsor a family with furnishings and funds, or help to meet other needs. We are leading and implementing a community-wide synagogue response. To learn more, contact JCRC Director of Synagogue Organizing Rachie Lewis.
MAKE HOUSING AVALIABLE: Help JCRC find housing for immigrants and refugees arriving in Boston. Our community has already given generous amounts to subsidize families in market-rate apartments. If you have, or anyone you know has, a home to rent, contact Rachie Lewis.
GIVE: Our partners at CJP have set up a new fund, and 100% of your gift will provide direct support through Catholic Charities of Boston and Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) to the families and individuals resettling in Boston. Assistance will include food, housing, employment services, and other basic needs.