Today is May 23rd, 2017 -
Dear Temple Sinai Community,
We are very excited to share the status of the project with you. Temple Sinai will be sponsoring a refugee family from Syria, assisting them as they begin their new lives in the Greater Boston area. Our partner in this effort, Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Metrowest, tells us to expect welcoming a family of five (two adults and three children) to Boston perhaps by the end of the summer or earlier. This is very exciting, and we are pleased that we can perform the mitzvah of welcoming newcomers, as a new American family gets a fresh start.
First, we want to thank all who have donated!
We have raised over $22,000 in about a month, and plan to use these funds to subsidize the family’s rent, cover basic needs such as home goods and furnishings, and pay for other expenses. Many individuals in our congregation have made small and large contributions, as have their friends, family members and associates. We have also received very generous gifts from the GoFundMe organization and the Dana Hall School in Wellesley. Thank you to everyone who has donated and spread the word!
This is great news, and….! Because the family we expect to sponsor is likely to be a family of five and will need a 3-bedroom apartment, which is harder to find, and more costly, we have decided to
re-set our goal to $36,000. These additional funds will also help us provide more robust support in assisting parents and children to connect to the many services they will need including healthcare, education, employment and cultural adjustment. JFS will ultimately be responsible for setting up those services, and they will count on us to provide a certain number of Family Volunteers to work one-on-one with family members to facilitate and help steer them through their journey.
If you have not given to this campaign, please consider participating. If you have contributed, and could possibly add another gift, please do! And reach out to your Facebook friends, family, co-workers, Facebook network, and others you know. You can send a check to the temple made out to JFSMW with “Sinai Refugee” on the memo line. Or, here’s the link to our page: GoFundMe.com/SinaiRefugee.
We are seeking volunteers!
You can also participate through volunteering. Temple Sinai is responsible for these tasks: identifying appropriate housing for the family, furnishing their apartment, providing basic home items to them, welcoming the family at the airport, helping the family with basic transportation and other logistical needs, and more. To protect the privacy of the family, a small number of volunteers will actively work with the family; others can do important work behind the scenes both before and after the family arrives in America. A number of temple members will be referred to JFS, who will follow a detailed screening and vetting process. If you are interested in becoming a family volunteer and think you have some time to do it, please be in touch with one of the co-chairs of the project, Jill Winitzer firstname.lastname@example.org or Mel Stoler at email@example.com.
Thank you for all your support for this important mitzvah!
Mel Stoler & Jill Winitzer, co-chairs
Rabbi Andy Vogel
To learn more, and to make your donation:
And please share this website with your friends and family members
to invite them to join our sponsorship and fundraising efforts!
To read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document:
Also, see this recent article from the Boston Globe that describes similar efforts by Boston-area synagogues: