L.A. Synagogues Going the Distance for Refugees in SoCal

By Rachel Nusbaum, HIAS.org

A recent story in Jewish Journal highlighted the efforts of Temple Beth Am, a conservative congregation in LA, to help recently resettled refugees in Southern California. Beth Am, who have joined the HIAS Welcome Campaign, partnered with Modern Orthodox B’nai David-Judea Congregation, located nearby.

“Both synagogues put out a call from the pulpit and in synagogue bulletins for a laundry list of items, starting with school supplies and encompassing items ranging from mops to toothpaste, all needing to be in new or like-new condition,” Jewish Journal reported.

They collected a truck-load full of supplies to help refugees beginning their new lives, and drove them to San Diego to donate to Jewish Family Service, HIAS’ local resettlement partner.

“JFS San Diego was able to begin putting the donations to use as soon as that evening, installing a dining set in an apartment where a Syrian family had recently settled,” the article notes.

Click here to read the full story in Jewish Journal.

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