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austin jews and partners for refugees


Updated 9/29/2022

Austin Jews and Partners for Refugees
Please continue to support Afghan and all other refugees in Austin. Visit our website,, for all information regarding donations, volunteer opportunities, and a monthly newsletter with a calendar and updates.


Our community has been fantastic in supporting the over 1,000 Afghan refugees who have arrived in Austin over the last year. We have raised and distributed over $200,000 in funds and in-kind donations as well as tens of thousands of volunteer hours. However, THE JOB IS NOT DONE.

Huge expenses for rent in Austin along with legal expenses for asylum applications and other expense have the Afghan community in need of more support. We have not asked for funds in six months and are running low and need your help to continue the great work being done. As the High Holidays approach, we are asking for everyone to make a gift either directly to AJPR (Austin Jews and Partners for Refugees) or to our fund at Temple Beth Shalom. These gifts will make a huge difference in many lives. Check out our website to see what we have done and are doing. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Russ. If you want to volunteer sign up on the AJPR website and especially look at the Salaam Neighbors program in coordination with Jewish Family Services. 

Financial donations can be made through our website at After you fill in your donor information, you will be prompted to select a fund; our fund is called the Refugee Task Force Fund. All donations are tax deductible and go to AJPR. If you want to donate other items, please contact us.

We are  focusing on two new projects at this time:

Salaam Neighbors will pair volunteer welcome teams with an Afghan family to support their resettlement in their new homes. This is a commitment of 3 months. Please see our program flier for more information. We are trying to organize a Temple Beth Shalom Salaam Neighbors team; please contact us. 

Helping New Moms and Babies will address the many pregnant women in need of pre and post-partum care as well as furnishing their babies with all they need. Watch for more details of opportunities to get involved, and contact

On behalf of our AJPR Steering Committee and Team Leaders, our partner Refugee Services of Texas and all of our interfaith partners, we thank you for your compassion and generosity. You all make a difference in the lives of Afghan refugees.

Questions? Please contact us.


Donate money to the Temple Beth Shalom Refugee Task Force Fund at  This is the best way to help now. When viewing the donations page, select the Refugee Task on the donation menu.

Contact Russ Apfel at if you have questions.  


About Austin Jews and Partners for Refugees (formerly the Refugee Task Force)

Jews and Partners for Refugees is a grassroots community group who gather together to support and advocate for refugees. Members help in many different ways, from being tutors at English learning programs for adults and children, to organizing donation drives and hosting advocacy events. We have formed Welcome Teams that have supported almost 1000 refugees arriving from Afghanistan since September 2021. We continue resettling these families and are now working on support for future families from Ukraine, the Congo, more Afghans and other refugees from around the world. Please consider financially supporting Austin Jews and Partners for Refugees to help us continue our work! 

In the Torah, we are told "The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens. You shall love each one as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt."(Lev.19:34) This commandment to welcome the stranger is the most often repeated commandment in the Torah, repeated thirty-six times. Since January 2017 as our community responded to the call of the stranger, we have opened up our hearts, hands and minds, as the doors to our country were closed shut and opened once again. 

From community service, advocacy, education, and donations, there's something for everyone interested in getting involved. Join our Facebook group to share resources and participate in discussions, or email  to be added to the Refugee Task Force mailing list. Also visit our website at

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