Ohr Kodesh Refugee Project

Ohr Kodesh Congregation's fundraising initiative to support the refugee family that the Congregation has pledged to support has launched. 

The United Nations recently announced that in 2016 the population of displaced people worldwide reached levels not seen since 1945.  Inspired by the biblical injunction to "welcome the stranger," as well as the Jewish people's long history of fleeing persecution and seeking safety in other lands, the American Jewish community is organizing to support these refugees through the HIAS Welcome Campaign.  Ohr Kodesh has committed to support a refugee family through this campaign. 

Within the next few months, we should be "receiving" a family, and we will be taking responsibility for helping the family adjust to life in America, including furnishing its apartment, helping the parents find work, and assisting in teaching English and child care. 

Ohr Kodesh is now seeking financial contributions to help the family pay for everything from rental assistance to groceries, child care or summer camp for children, metro fares, and school supplies.  While families are frequently placed in Hyattsville, we would love to raise enough money (as neighboring congregations have done) to cover the minor difference in rent so that the family could live in Montgomery County, with access to excellent local schools and public transit, and in proximity to Congregation volunteers. 

We invite you to contribute in one of the following ways:

1. Send a check to Ohr Kodesh, with Refugee Project in the memo line.

2. Call or email the office to add a contribution to your Ohr Kodesh account, designating Refugee Project.

3. Contribute online via the Ohr Kodesh website, designating Refugee Project.

4. Contribute via the project's online fundraising page (http://tinyurl.com/okcrefugee).  **Feel free to copy and paste the URL for your own Facebook page to share this with family and friends outside the OKC community.** 

We also enthusiastically welcome volunteers.  If you would like to be involved as a volunteer or have any questions about this effort, please contact Lisa Kleppel (lisakleppel [at] gmail [dot] com or 240-988- 6540) or Simma Kupchan (simma [dot] kupchan [at] gmail [dot] com).

Ohr Kodesh Congregation

8300 Meadowbrook Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 589-3880
Fax:  (301) 495-4801

Email: executivedirector@
ohrkodesh.org

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