As we all know, the combined threats of war, persecution and terrorism in recent years have led to a refugee crisis unparalleled in modern history. The world’s displaced population has nearly tripled in the past decade alone.
As Jews, we are uniquely attuned to the plight of people who have been forced from their homes to seek new lives in faraway lands. The principle of “welcoming the stranger” is repeated 35 times in the Torah, more than any other commandment, for we were “strangers in the land of Egypt.” This commandment goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to Tikkun Olam, or healing the world.
Congregation Solel and Lakeside Congregation are co-sponsoring a family through RefugeeOne, and as part of this effort we must raise $10,000 to aid in resettling a family for the first six months. We also need a cohort of members to become actively involved with the family, including mentors, tutors, and people willing to commit to weekly or bi-weekly visits.
We are turning to you, our community, to come together in order to combine our contributed time, efforts, and funds to make this support for this family possible. Collectively, with individuals and families giving to this goal, we can make it a reality.
As part of our co-sponsorship of a family through RefugeeOne, we are raising $10,000 to aid in resettling this family for six months. Please consider a financial contribution. Click here to donate to Makom Solel Lakeside’s Refugee Family Co-Sponsorship. Please note, this link will take you to a donation page on the Solel website.