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JCOR - Jewish Congregations Organized for Resettlement

UPDATE ON JCOR, JEWISH CONGREGATIONS ORGANIZED FOR RESETTLEMENT

JCOR – Jewish Congregations Organized for Resettlement – is moving forward with volunteers starting individual and Team training. We look forward to the possibility of a refugee family being placed with us in August which would allow us to get them settled before the High Holidays!  

A key priority is housing: we are looking for landlords or people who know property owners willing to rent to a refugee family that is being sponsored by the Jewish community. Please contact your Congregation’s JCOR Co-Leader listed on the JCOR Volunteer sign-up form (link below). 

The first 30 days after the family’s arrival will be busy with housing move-in, health screenings, applications for public assistance, school registration, and job interviews.

We are seeking “On-Call specialists” to help this proceed smoothly:

  1. “Heavy lifters” and others to work with our Welcome/Housing Team to prepare the housing;
  2. Drivers to work with our Transportation/Community Orientation Team for all of the appointments required during the family’s first month;
  3. Childcare volunteers, especially for the first month when parents may have appointments without their children;
  4. And “in a pinch” drivers to provide support in “urgent” situations throughout the family’s first year.

 

Click here to access JCOR’s on-line Volunteer sign-up form; find the On-Call Team, add your name, and then note in the column at the far right which “specialty group” you are joining. Thank you!

All JCOR volunteers are asked to complete the JFS volunteer form and a required background check. Please complete the JFS form now.

And while we are grateful to have received 36 donations totaling more than $14,000 so far, our goal is to reach the JFS’s recommended $20,000 total.  

HELP US REACH THE GOAL! And check if your employer will make a match!
Click here to access the secure Federation/JCOR donation website.

Original Information:

Most of our family histories include stories of caring people who stepped up to help our great-grandparents, grandparents, or parents resettle in this country. Today we are challenged to step up and help another generation of refugees.

You have seen the news: The United States initially expected to admit 125,000 refugees this year. Then 80,000 more arrived from Afghanistan. Now, an additional 100,000 Ukrainian refugees are expected.

Jewish Family Services (JFS) is working tirelessly to do its share here in Washtenaw County and is requesting OUR help.  

To this end, representatives from Beth Israel Congregation, Temple Beth Emeth, the Jewish Cultural Society, the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation, Pardes Hannah, and the Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan have come together to form Jewish Congregations Organized for Resettlement (JCOR), whose purpose is to support resettlement of a refugee family. Also, the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor will provide fiduciary oversight for all funds donated and disbursed in support of this purpose. And now we need YOU!

Volunteers are needed for committees that will work in partnership with JFS staff to help refugee family members reestablish their independent lives here and orient to American culture. With training from JFS staff, we will do this by helping refugees with: housing, transportation, and employment; healthcare and financial planning; and childcare, schooling, and adult ESL classes as necessary. We also need a cadre of on-call volunteers to help with short-notice critical needs, like last-minute transportation or child care coverage. 

Altogether, we are seeking 30 to 50 volunteers, who can be available up to three hours per week during the first two months after the family’s arrival. The time commitments will decrease gradually as the family members become more independent during their first year in the United States.

Of course, we need help with fundraising. JFS recommends collecting $7,000 to $20,000 over the course of the family’s first year. Of this, $4,000 should be available upon the family’s arrival to help cover initial costs. 

No one congregation will be singularly responsible or individually committed to provide a specific number of volunteers or a specific amount of funding. But we believe that collectively our Jewish Community can make a difference for our new arrivals and help JFS meet its decades-long dedication to resettlement.

Click here to access JCOR’s on-line volunteer sign-up form, where you will find more information about the volunteer committees and choose the one in which your expertise, your experience, and your passion for Tikkun Olam will have the greatest impact.  

Additionally, all JCOR volunteers will complete the JFS volunteer form which will facilitate the required background check for all JCOR volunteers. Please complete the JFS form now.

Click here to access the secure Federation/JCOR donation website.

Thank you! The family members we help resettle today will be the grandparents of tomorrow. As a volunteer in this effort, YOU will make a difference to their future generations!

For more information, please contact:

Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan:
Fruma Taub, frumataub@gmail.com
Charles Weaver, weaverchas@gmail.com

Beth Israel Congregation:
Michael Appel at mappel1961@gmail.com
Deborah Greene at greenedm@umich.edu

Jewish Cultural Society:
Julie Gales, jgales@mindspring.com

Pardes Hannah:
Linda Jo Doctor at linda.jo.doctor@gmail.com

Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation:
Alice Mishkin at alice.mishkin@gmail.com

Temple Beth Emeth:
Midge Cone at midgelipmancone@gmail.com
Lauren Gold at laurengoldmd@yahoo.com

Or email: JCORAnnArbor@gmail.com

Mon, August 8 2022 11 Av 5782