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Refugee Task Force

REFUGEE TASK FOR

Updated 9/21/2018

Temple Beth Shalom's refugee task force is active in 2018! We are now supporting a family through Refugee Services of Texas. Our new family is arriving from Vietnam on Sept. 27, and there are a variety of ways to support them.

You may contribute in the following ways:

  • Donate money
  • Join the welcome team. There will be a variety of ways to support the family after their arrival. If you plan to do volunteer work directly with the family, you must attend a training session.

Please contact Russ Apfel (russapfel@yahoo.com) for more information about joining the welcome team, to get information about the family, and learn about other opportunities to help them.

About the Refugee Task Force

Temple Beth Shalom's Refugee Task Force is a grassroots community group who gather together to support and advocate for refugees. Members of the Refugee Task Force 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 to support two families arriving from Afghanistan. Please consider financially supporting our refugee task force 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 shalom@bethshalomaustin.org  to be added to the Refugee Task Force mailing list. 

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