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Our hearts are breaking as we watch the humanitarian crisis unfold.  There are many trusted ways to help!
Jewish Comm. Federation of Richmond (JCFR) Emergency Fund
The American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
HIAS- donate   HIAS - take action    UNICEF
Learn more about the region and understanding Putin with these books: Timothy Snyder's The Road to Unfreedom , Masha Gessen’s  The Man Without a Face  and  Surviving Autocracy


Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities: an interracial, interfaith, nonpartisan organization uniting diverse congregations. Together, we build the power of organized people in Richmond, Chesterfield, and Henrico to take direct action for just policies and practices.

This year we are working on the housing crisis and decreasing group violence. These issues were voted on by RISC members back on the fall and we spent several months researching solutions. We will be asking the mayor and city council for additional funds in the affordable housing trust fund and the eviction diversion program and when appropriate we will be asking the mayor and police chief to contract with the National Network for Safe Communities. 

Exciting RISC news! 
TBE members participated in a meeting with the Mayor, asking him to allocate $6 million to Emergency Rental Assistance. Four days later, the Mayor announced that he would do it! Richmond has the second highest numbers of evictions in the US and we are working diligently to change that! 

To find out more about this very exciting and gratifying organization please email Kristin Gorin.

Save the James

 Calling all walkers, boaters and paddlers! Plan now to help James River Advisory Council clean up the river at any of the numerous official cleanup sites along the James. For more than two decades, the James River Regional Cleanup has attracted hundreds of volunteers who roam the shorelines on foot and cruise the water in boats to clean up trash, an effort that is a tremendous benefit to the river, its wildlife, and the people who visit and enjoy the river.  A group of TBE members participate in this event once per year. The event has been cancelled in 2020; future date to be determined.


The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy engages people of faith and goodwill in advocating economic, racial, social and environmental justice in Virginia’s policies and practices through education, prayer and action. Please email Marc Rutman.

SATO's Chesed Work

Thank you to all of the TBE members that donated to a local family in need. We collected all of the items they needed and more!  A few congregants are passionate about getting SATO-CHESED projects going!  Are you passionate about local food insecurity or collecting items for families in need? Email Nora Miller.

Want to get involved with Habitat for Humanity? Email Don Glazer. In conjunction with TBE leadership, SATO is currently exploring these future partnerships. We are only gathering information at this time.






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John B. Cary Elementary School in need of Book Buddy Volunteers
As of March 23, 2022, Principal Powell is now permitting vaccinated volunteers with masks to work in the school.  If you are interested in being a lunchtime Book Buddy, please email Anne Barash at



Our trusted partner organizations offer many ways to help:

The Islamic Center of Virginia is collecting donations here (please select the REFUGEE category). The Greater Richmond Area is seeing a big influx of Afghan refugees being temporarily housed at nearby Fort Lee. Some families will be resettled in Richmond and some will move on to other cities/states. A large number is expected to stay in Richmond. The logistics of collecting donations has been complicated due to uncertainty about numbers, items needed, lack of storage space and difficulty in getting donated items to Fort Lee without proper clearances. The Islamic Center has made some progress in resolving those issues. They are very involved in this effort and are very grateful for the tremendous generosity of the Richmond Jewish community.        

Reestablish Richmond has launched a Support Afghan Evacuation Campaign.  To learn more about and support this response, click here.

HIAS, a national Jewish organization supporting refugees, has put together this resource page .

International Rescue Committee, which actively works to resettle refugees, asylum seekers, and SIV holders, has also created a resource page here . 

If you are interested in helping to develop an organized congregational response to the Afghanistan crisis,  please email Rabbi Knopf here .

Refugee Volunteerism Opportunities
click here


Temple Beth-El is a HIAS Welcome Campaign Congregation.
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Sat, May 21 2022 20 Iyyar 5782