Tzedakah / Donations

As new opportunities are discovered, they will be posted to the top of this list.

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An opportunity to sponsor a refugee through our Temple Emanu-El Tikkun Olam Team

Our Tikkun Olam Team is excited about a new opportunity to help a refugee who has come to Rochester. Patrice is from Chad, a country in central Africa. Patrice applied for asylum in the US because he fears for his life if he is to return to Chad; returning is simply not an option for him. Patrice was studying in San Antonio, Texas when he was detained by immigration officials. He was transported to Batavia, and has spent the last two years at Buffalo Federal Detention Center waiting for his asylum case to play out. Patrice was granted bond in December 2020, and was released from the detention center in late March. [Read more by clicking here.]

Temple Emanu-El is sponsoring Patrice while he is in the process of waiting for his asylum case to be heard. One way to help is to donate towards his support on a monthly, or one-time basis. If you would like to do so, please send a check to Temple Emanu-El, made out to “Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund,” and note “Patrice” on the Memo line. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Carl, Chair of our Tikkun Olam Team, at 585-266-6982, or Ian at 206-960-2836.

Many thanks!

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Ongoing Temple Emanu-El Food Drive

We’ll pick up!

Thank you for your generous donations – in April and May, we delivered donated food to both the Irondequoit Food Cupboard and the House of Mercy. From now on, rather than having a food drive at a designated time, we’re asking that any time you can donate, please call Carl Wetzstein at 266-6982 – he will arrange a safe pick-up and take donations to either the House of Mercy or the Irondequoit Food Cupboard when we’ve accumulated enough.

If you don’t have food to donate, please consider donating cash – we’ll use that to buy food. Send your check made out to “Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund” to Temple and note “Food Drive” on the Memo line.

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The Rochester Jewish Federation has launched an online Community Relief and Recovery fund to help local Jewish institutions manage through the crisis, address social service needs, and potentially provide emergency assistance, such as short term loans

https://jewishfederationofgreaterroche.givingfuel.com/community-relief-and-recovery-fund

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Foodlink is feeding those most in need. You can learn more and donate here:

https://foodlinkny.org/foodlink-updates-in-response-to-covid-19-coronavirus-concerns-in-our-communities/

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House of Mercy needs volunteer drivers.

http://houseofmercyrochester.org/covid-19/

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If you would like to contribute to efforts addressing the pandemic outside the United States, consider a donation to American Jewish World Service, the leading Jewish organization working to fight poverty and pursue justice in the developing world through philanthropy and advocacy.

www.ajws.org

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Those seeking to give something other than money can look to the American Red Cross. There is a severe blood shortage because of a high number of blood drive cancellations during the outbreak, (reference: The New York Times). Healthy donors are urged to give blood, platelets, or AB plasma.

redcrossblood.org

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