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Supporting Refugees

Here are links to some of the organisations we care about and support,
and click here for information on how we can help refugees from Afghanistan:

NNLS Destitute Asylum Seeker’s Drop In

The Drop in supports over 450 destitute asylum seekers and their children every month. Our volunteers offer legal signposting, appointments with doctors and therapists, nutritious cooked food, nearly-new or new clothing and footwear and a welcoming, warm and friendly space. Every client also receives a supermarket voucher and travel expenses. Click here for their website.

One to One Children’s Fund

Providing one to one counselling and confidence–building group arts activities for young refugees in partnership with Barnet Refugee Service and Wac Arts. Click here for their website.

Refugees at Home

For many, getting a helping hand and somewhere to stay at a time of crisis, is all they need to get established in a new life. We match those with a spare room in their homes with refugees and asylum seekers who need a place to stay. Click here for their website.

Our Second Home

Our Second Home is a project for refugees and asylum seekers who are based in the UK and are aged between 14 and 18. Click here for their website.

JCORE

Since 1976, JCORE has worked both inside and outside the Jewish community to provide a Jewish voice on Race and Asylum issues. We work to engage the Jewish Community in social action in the wider society, focussing on race equality and justice for refugees and asylum seekers. Click here for their website.

Choose love - Help Refugees

Help Refugees goes where the need is greatest. We fill the gaps and act where others won’t. Sometimes that means Search & Rescue boats. Sometimes it means providing food or safe, secure long-term housing. Since 2015, we’ve supported over 120 incredible projects and reached over one million people. Click here for their website.

Barnet Refugee Services

BRS aims to create a society that respects and values difference between people and sees this difference as an asset where refugees and asylum seekers recognise themselves and are recognised by others as human beings of equal status. Click here for their website.

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Supporting Refugees from Afghanistan

Wednesday 25th August 2021

17 Elul 5781

 
Dear Community,

Members have been contacting the Synagogue asking what we can do to support refugees from Afghanistan, to whom our hearts go out.

I wrote the following this morning in support of World Jewish Relief – and other – appeals:
We watch with horror the misery of thousands trying to escape the Taliban. What we see is a mere fraction of the terror. To Afghan people already here the news, or lack of news, from relatives fills them with dread. ‘You know the soul of the refugee,’ says the Torah. We know too the desperate struggle to escape, the pain of separated families, the bewilderment of strange lands, the heart-wounds of generations of trauma. We need to help. Whatever we can do, we must.
Most advice is that the best we can do at present is to support those NGOs well placed to help. Here are appeals from JCORE, the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, WJR, World Jewish Relief, and RTI, Refugee Trauma Initiative.

Airbnb plans to offer help with accommodation in the US and the UK. We await more details. Members are also in touch with Barnet Council, as any serious effort will require the collaboration of national and local government, supported by the voluntary sector.

There are a number of other organisations doing important work with refugees, that you can find on our website here. And Care4Calais are collecting clothes, shoes, phones and other essentials and are in need of volunteers to help with Afghan refugees.
 
Zarlasht Halaimzai, herself a refugee from Afghanistan, wrote a heart-rending ‘long read’ for Monday’s Guardian.
 
I wrote earlier today for London Jewish News.
 
The terrible plight of so many in Afghanistan is close to our own experiences in so many ways. We cannot just be bystanders.
 
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

#JewsforSafePassage
#RefugeesWelcome
 
Mon, 29 November 2021 25 Kislev 5782