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1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, IL 60022847.835.0724

What's new?  In November, Norizah and Azizah were enrolled in Chicago Public Schools and a dedicated team of NSCI volunteers has helped Norizah and Azizah with their homework on Wednesday afternoons. Other volunteers visited with the family on Sunday afternoons, teaching Annuar important skills such as how to safely use their kitchen appliances and manage their finances, as well as treating the family to fabulous experiences around Chicago.  

Refugee Resettlement Project

On October 17, 2018, NSCI welcomed the Mohamad Ayub Family. They are Rohingya. Annuar (33) fled Burma with her family when she was very young, and most recently, she has lived with her two children, Norizah (16) and Azizah (13), in Malaysia.

In the weeks before the family’s arrival, our community donated housewares and money for furniture, ensuring that Annuar and her daughters would be comfortable when they arrived in their new apartment in Rogers Park. The weekend before, volunteers schlepped carloads of housewares into the city and up flights of stairs to the apartment, sorted boxes of donations, cleaned and organized the closets and kitchen cabinets, caulked the bathtub and scrubbed the toilet & sink. More than decorating the apartment so that it was ready for them, we modeled our sacred obligation as Jews to welcome the stranger.

In November, Norizah and Azizah were enrolled in Chicago Public Schools and a dedicated team of NSCI volunteers has helped Norizah and Azizah with their homework every Wednesday afternoon. Other volunteers have visited with the family on Sunday afternoons, teaching Annuar important life skills like how to safely use their kitchen appliances and tips for managing the family’s finances, practicing conversational English, and treating the family to cultural experiences around the city. One of the family’s favorite outings was to ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo and dinner at Lou Malnati’s!

17: NSCI’s Refugee Resettlement Project was truly a community effort, made possible because of the generosity of so many donors and volunteers who have helped support Annuar and her family on their journey to self-sufficiency here in America. Since the High Holy Days, NSCI has received more than 75 in-kind and cash donations, allowing us to furnish the family’s home and provide food and housewares they have used to thrive. More than 20 families signed up for mentor visits with the Mohamad Ayub Family and a separate group of 3 volunteers tutored Norizah and Azizah each week. So many more have regularly asked about the family, always wishing them well every step along the way.

On behalf of NSCI’s Refugee Resettlement Project Task Force—Andy Absler, Michele Gorski, Jenny Quinn, and Ann Weisberg—we thank you for your support of this important community endeavor. The greatest measure of success in co-sponsoring a family is their ability to thrive independently here in America. In this regard, we’re proud that our relationship with Annuar and her family has yielded incredible success. None of this would have been possible without your willingness to learn about the international refugee crisis and your generous contributions of time and money.

As we wrap up our formal co-sponsorship relationship with the Mohamad Ayub Family, I’m excited to announce that we have already spoken with RefugeeOne about co-sponsoring a second refugee family this fall, and we plan to share more details with the congregation in the coming months.


Donate to 17: NSCI’s Refugee Resettlement Project
If you are able to help, 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.

Sun, August 18 2019 17 Av 5779