Crisis in Syria: A Tzedakah Opportunity

No matter your position about the U.S. response to Syria’s atrocities, we share empathy for the devastation human beings are facing.  In these Days of Awe, when we try to ease the suffering in the world through acts of tshuvah, tefillah and tzedakah–repentance, prayer and righteous giving–here is a way to give:

 Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief: Syrian Refugees in Jordan:  

Some 6.8 million people in Syria are in need of aid and over 1.6 million people have fled to the nearest countries due to the devastating effects of Syria’s civil war. In Jordan alone, nearly 500,000 refugees have crossed the border seeking safety and that number could double by the end of 2013.  Thus far, the Coalition has awarded grants to:

  • Jordanian Red Crescent (JRC) to fund a training of 20 JRC volunteers to carry out a first aid training for 2,000 Syrian refugees and members of the Syrian refugee committee, as well as distribute hygiene kits to participants in the training.
  • Israeli Flying Aid (IFA) to deliver food and sanitation items to Syrian refugees in the Mafraq camp.
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) to send one of its staff members to Jordan for six months to provide resettlement processing and referral assistance for refugee children with medical problems.
  • World Jewish Relief to partner with Save the Children to provide quality, nutritious food for 500 refugee children in Za’atari refugee camp for one month.

May your tshuvah, tefillah and tzedakah nourish your soul and contribute something to the justice and righteousness in our broken world.