Haitian Earthquake Relief
We have all seen or read the reports of the tragic situation in Haiti. Below are some organizations working to bring much needed relief to earthquake victims in Haiti. Please consider making a donation:
- The Greater Miami Jewish Federation
- American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
- American Jewish World Service
- Project HOPE
- Hope for Haiti
- Save the Children
- World Vision
Afghan Refugee Support
We continue to monitor this very dynamic situation in order to determine how Temple Sinai, as an institution, can best provide meaningful assistance where and when it is needed, recognizing that this is an evolving and long term crisis. As reflected in press reports, all refugees lacking SIVs (or green cards) arriving at Dulles will proceed to other facilities to undergo vetting before being admitted into the United States. The vast majority of the evacuees do not have SIVs and will be admitted as humanitarian parolees.
Temple Sinai participates in the Good Neighbor Program run by LSSNCA, which prescribes three levels of refugee sponsorship, ranging from apartment set-up to six- and nine-month terms of comprehensive responsibility for a family. We have also registered with the Ethiopian Community Development Council (EDC) which, like LSS, is a State Department designated organization charged with resettling refugees in the DMV. As the situation evolves, and these and other organizations develop their plans for resettlement, we will co-sponsor through one of these organizations or engage in some other form of institutional response that is most practical and meaningful. We have also engaged with other religious institutions interested in supporting refugees.
In the meantime, please consider providing financial assistance to or volunteering with any of the many reputable non-profits working to assist the incoming Afghan evacuees. In addition to the links previously supplied, useful information can be found here. Information about these organizations and status updates are available on the RAIS list serv (Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Immigrant Support). If you are not a member and would like to join, please contact Catherine Ribnick or Glenn Engelmann.
Social Action Menu
Temple Sinai is committed to work for justice in education, housing, immigration, jobs and other areas. We have signed the Brit Olam of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism (RAC) and committed through the RAC’s Urgency of Now Campaigns to protect the rights of transgender students, defend the rights of immigrants at risk of deportation, and reform the criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. Through the Social Action Committee, Women and Men of Reform Judaism and other groups and committees, we engage in direct service, advocacy, and organizing on these and a host of other pressing issues. Below are ongoing projects and opportunities for tzedakah and tikkun olam: