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1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, IL 60022847.835.0724

What's new?  Our first visits with the family have been a lot of fun, and RefugeeOne is working to connect the family with a number of services. Charli and Reina are attending English classes and Jefferson has enrolled in school!


For 4 consecutive years NSCI has partnered with RefugeeOne to help resettle a refugee family here in Chicago, with the goal that the family becomes self-reliant 6-8 months after their arrival. 

NSCI’s commitment to refugee resettlement predates 2018 when we formed what we call 17: NSCI’s Refugee Resettlement Project, the name we’ve given to our most recent refugee resettlement efforts. Our efforts date back to the earliest period in NSCI’s history when the congregation welcomed our first assistant rabbi, Rabbi Arthur Bluhm and his family, who were rescued from the Nazis and brought here in 1938. Then later, in the 1970s, NSCI’s Board of Trustees revisited conversations about resettling international refugees. Detailed minutes exist in which our synagogue leadership strategized how best to welcome Vietnamese families who were fleeing oppressive legislation enforced by the communist regime. On January 16, 1980, NSCI welcomed the “Tran family,” refugees from Vietnam. Our community fundraised, rented an apartment for them in nearby Highland Park, cooked meals and tutored them in English. One family loaned their stationwagon and others helped the adults secure employment. Now, in our 101st year, NSCI remains committed to the important work of refugee resettlement, honoring the legacy of our founders and continuing to embody Judaism’s highest callings.


17, a reminder


NSCI has given our congregation refugee resettlement efforts this name to remind us that 17 YEARS is the average time a refugee spends in a camp, in limbo, around the world.  They have fled war, persecution and terror and live in a state of uncertainty. Yes, 17 years.





Thank you to everyone who contributed money, groceries, furniture and household items, and to the group of volunteers this weekend who schlepped carloads of housewares into the city and up three flights of stairs to the apartment, sorted boxes of donations, cleaned and organized the closets and kitchen cabinets, and scrubbed the toilet and sinks! More than decorating the family’s apartment so that it is ready for their arrival this week, we modeled our sacred obligation as Jews to welcome the stranger.







To donate to 17: NSCI's Refugee Resettlement Project, please make checks payable to “NSCI” and write “Refugee Resettlement Project” on the memo line. Please mail checks to NSCI, Attn: Rabbi Daniels, 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, IL 60022, or click HERE to donate online.







One of the most important roles of Co-Sponsors is to check in with the refugee family each week for their first 6 months in the country, helping the family practice English over text, WhatsApp or Zoom, drop off fun packages for the family to do on their own or virtually with volunteer families, answer questions the family may have about life in Chicago and much more! If you are interested in signing up to be a mentor for the refugee family, more information and a link to sign up is coming soon. Please contact Mia Drelich to be added to the list for more information.

How Does Refugee one and NSCI Help the Family?


For more information from RefugeeOne, including valuable volunteer education, please click HERE.

Highland park Family Pays it Forward

Click HERE to read an inspiring article by Ray Richmond, who was able to "pay it forward" and help NSCI's new refugee family.




Chicago Jewish Coalition for Refugees


NSCI is a member of The Chicago Jewish Coalition for Refugees.


The Chicago Jewish Coalition for Refugees (CJCR) convenes the Jewish community to act in support of refugees and asylum seekers by: i) engaging in learning and dialogue about issues impacting refugees and asylum seekers; ii) connecting to volunteer opportunities to support refugees and asylum seekers locally; and iii) advocating for policies that protect refugees and asylum seekers. CJCR envisions the United States as a place where refugees and asylum seekers can live in safety with dignity.

Sun, May 28 2023 8 Sivan 5783