Repair the World

Refugee Resettlement
Temple Shalom
A Reform Jewish Congregation
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Items Needed Now for Syrian Refugee Family
Food Pantry Needs Food_Pantry_Needs.pdf

Children’s supplies
Paper, pencils, pens, binders, backpacks and other school supplies for children girls ages 5 ½, 11 and 12 and boy age 9

Electronics, TV

Kitchenware-­‐ Can opener, Mixing bowls

9-­‐Bath towels
4-­‐ Twin bed blankets
1 set of flat and fitted double bed sheets 4 sets of flat and fitted twin bed sheets 6-­‐Pillows

Toiletries Toilet paper Shampoo Soap Toothpaste 6-­‐Toothbrush
Feminine hygiene products
Personal or feminine hygiene products -­‐deodorant or razors or shaving cream

Cleaning supplies
Dish soap Bathroom/kitchen cleaner Sponges/Paper towels
Kitchen and bathroom waste baskets trash bags
mop or broom dust pan

Gift Cards: Target; Bed, Bath and Beyond; CVS; General stores with a wide range of items to purchase
Temple Assigned a Refugee Family, Arriving August 25
WE NEED SPECIFIC DONATIONS! Please see the list below. Just for now, we are asking ONLY for these items. Small items can be dropped off at the Temple Quiet Room, and larger items can be scheduled for pick up. We also need help with initial grocery shopping or providing vegetarian meals for six. Please email Sara Nathan
We are also in need of lots of volunteers!

1. To help organize the donations, deliver donations to the assigned apartment, and help unpack and arrange items in the new home, please email Sara Nathan

2. To offer the family financial literacy and budgeting help. Please email Barrie Ripin

3. For employment assistance, mentoring and job development, please email Marilyn Ripin

4. To help the family with English conversations and tutoring, or if you know people with Arabic language skills, please email Karen Green

5. To offer rides to the family for their appointments and for getting around town while they get used to their new surroundings, please email Jonathan Reeves

The Refugee Response Team will provide updates as the family settles in, and will be asking for other donations and other help as we continue to work with the family. Thank you to all Temple Shalom members and Rabbi Feshbach and Ackerman who have made our congregation’s plan to assist a refugee family a reality.

A Note from Rabbi Feshbach:

Many Jews know that Tzedakah, righteous giving, often comes in our tradition in multiples of 18, the number which is the numeric equivalent of the Hebrew word chai, which means "life." To help another is to help oneself; two lives are changed. And so twice chai, 36, is a very common Jewish act of giving.

And, as I mentioned during the High Holy Days last year...
"Thirty-six times the Torah commands compassion to the stranger, for you we're strangers in the land of Egypt." For their lives, and for ours... Twice chai... The chance is here, the time is now, we need you... And they need you...