Tikkun Olam

Helping Local Refugees

Our synagogue has been invited to help support a special Tikkun Olam project for local refugee families. The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester refugee committee has organized a special one-day event to highlight local refugees and the local groups that support refugee families. The event titled Supporting Our Refugee Neighbors: A Jewish Community Response, will be held Sunday Dec. 3 at Temple B’rith KodesN from 1:00-4:00pm.

The refugee organizations that will be receiving our donations will include Catholic Family Center Refugee Services, No One Left Behind, Refugees Helping Refugees, Muslim Volunteer Network, Mary’s Place, Rochester International Academy, Saint’s Place and Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services.

There are two ways to help, which are further explained below, but they are helping us either collect new or used goods for donation or to help day-of at the donation event to sort, organize and possibly deliver these goods on December 3rd. Thank you in advance for your continued support of our greater Rochester community! Thanks again,

Drop Off Donations at Emanu-El, Saturday, December 2, 9 AM - Noon

Items Needed

Clothing       Household Items
Sweatshirts -coats -sneakers -cleats -men’s suits -green shirts and khakis (the uniform of the Rochester International Academy) -winter Boots -winter hats, mittens, scarves, gloves, etc. Toiletries -body soap -shampoo and conditioner -lotion -toothbrushes, and toothpaste -toilet paper -feminine hygiene products  Laundry baskets -any cleaning products: dish detergent, lysol, windex, bath and tile cleaners, floor cleaners -sponges, mops, brooms, swiffers -blankets -area rugs -pots and pans -dishes and silverware -towels: bath and kitchen Small Appliances -sewing machines -rice cookers -pressure cookers -vacuum cleaners -irons -crock pots


Volunteer - Sunday, December 3, 1 - 4 PM

Help sort and bag the donations Sign up at https://signup.com/go/hpyAgAt (it’s very easy!) for one-hour time slots for the role(s) of your choosing.

Questions: Internal Questions can be directed to Jonathan Rubin at 585-615-0573 External Questions can be directed to Karen Elam: kelam@jewishrochester.org Carrie Howe: chowe@jewishrochester.org or 585-241-8621 Volunteers are need for the following roles: -Helping sort and bag the donations -Removing donations from donors’ cars into TBK -Delivering packaged donations to the refugee agencies for distribution to their clients. They need volunteers with vans or SUVs for this!