“Tikkun olam (Hebrew: תִּיקּוּן עוֹלָם, lit. ’repair of the world’) is a concept in Judaism that refers to various forms of action intended to repair and improve the world.”
The Biden administration has announced the U.S. will accept 100,000 refugees from Ukraine — on top of the thousands of Afghan refugees who have already arrived. A number of American Jewish communities have stepped up to plate to help the refugees by offering information about living in the U.S., providing meals on the recent Thanksgiving holiday, and more.
Quote: “But the responsibilities of sponsoring refugees can be demanding. So Jewish Family Services of WNY is creating groups of five or more volunteers called sponsorship circles to provide support systems for sponsors and refugees. Ukrainians would be able to rely on a larger group of people in cases where their official sponsor cannot. Jewish Federations of North America and the Shapiro Foundation are providing grants to refugee resettlement agencies in six cities as part of Uniting for Ukraine. Buffalo, which has long welcomed refugees from around the world, is one of those six cities.”
Read (and watch) “US to welcome 100,000 Ukrainian refugees” ►
Read “US Jewish community groups host Afghan, Ukrainian evacuees for Thanksgiving meals: From New York to California, volunteers introduce refugees to American holiday for the first time, keeping with longstanding Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger” ►
Read “Local agencies prepare as Ukrainian citizens resettle in Western New York” ►
Read “Thanksgiving: Jewish community groups host Afghan, Ukrainian evacuees for meals” ►
Watch “South Florida’s Maldovan & Jewish Communities Stepping Up To Help Ukrainian Refugees” [2:21]. ►
Photo: The Jerusalem Post (Ukrainin refugees enjoying a Thanksgiving meal in Buffalo, New York)
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