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Refugee Resettlement Project

 

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We are humbled, delighted, eager and honored to meet a new NSCI call for action. This Fall, we will help to settle a refugee family here in the Chicagoland area after they have completed 2-3 years of the mandatory US legal vetting process. With the assistance of RefugeeOne, our goal is to have the family self-reliant 6-8 months after their arrival. We won’t know their origin and family composition until 2 weeks before they arrive. While they are nameless and faceless at this time, we know they have fled war, persecution and/or terror and most likely speak no English. They are but a few of the 65 million refugees in limbo around the world who have lived in a temporary camp on the average of 17 years. Yes, 17 years.

Imagine for a moment where you were 17 years ago. Consider how your life has changed since. 17 years is but the average time millions around the world sit unable to return home, waiting for an opportunity to begin life anew in a new land. The number 17 should ring incomplete to our Jewish ear. The number 18 or chai, we know, is the Hebrew symbol for “life.” 18 is significant as it represents the fullness of life and our obligation as Jews to live life to its fullest. One digit less, 17 is substandard and incomplete. Much like the life lived in refugee camps; provisional housing that many occupy for a lifetime, or what must feel like a lifetime at least.

Torah reminds us 36 times—“double chai” or 2 x 18—that our people were once strangers in the land of Egypt, and so we should, therefore, empathize with the most vulnerable among us. We know what it is to wander the wilderness, sleeping in makeshift huts, uncertain of the future. Therefore, our faith calls upon us to act.

How can YOU participate?

1) Learn more about the plight of refugees around the globe and NSCI’s partnership with RefugeeOne at Is This the Fast I Desire?, A Yom Kippur panel discussion at 3:00-4:00 pm on Wednesday, September 19 in NSCI’s Perlman Sanctuary. Rabbi Daniels will be joined by Kim Snoddy, RefugeeOne’s Co-Sponsorship & Housing Manager, and Ashley Huebner, Managing Attorney of the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Asylum Project.

2) Donate money to help support the refugee family and furnish their new home. 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.

3) Provide household items from this online signup form to help the refugee family acclimate to life in their new home.

4) Volunteer opportunities include greeting the family when they arrive at O’Hare, providing them with warm meals in their first days in America, helping the family learn English and seek employment, transporting the family to medical and other daytime appointments, and other opportunities to help the family begin anew in Chicago. Please click HERE to complete a brief volunteer form, and Rabbi Daniels or one of the project coordinators will be in touch with you to discuss further. 

If you have any questions about this new initiative or wish to get involved, please contact Rabbi Daniels: (847) 835-0724 or rabbidaniels@nsci.org.

L’Shalom,
Rabbi Ryan Daniels, Andy Absler, Michele Gorski and Ann Weisberg
NSCI’s Refugee Resettlement Project Task Force

Mon, August 20 2018 9 Elul 5778