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JCARR is Planning to Welcome an Afghan Family!
The Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement (JCARR) resettles refugee and immigrant families as a co-sponsor for Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) of New Haven. As the U.S. rebuilds its resettlement program, communities across the country are needed to welcome Afghan evacuees. As one of IRIS’s most experienced groups, JCARR is preparing to welcome our seventh family, an Afghan family, in late January or early February. We need your help!
We need volunteers. If you can commit a few hours each week over the next 6-12 months, please email Maddy Kleinman to volunteer ( There will be a welcome orientation for new JCARR volunteers on Sunday, January 16, from 7-9 pm by Zoom. Email Maddy for the Zoom link. 
JCARR volunteers help our task forces:
·        Household: Drivers and movers to set up the new apartment
·        Housing: Help find housing, arrange repairs, utilities, and key tenant tasks
·        Transportation: Drivers for appointments
·        Healthcare: Healthcare advocate (requires medical experience)
·        Cultural Orientation: Help family learn to live in our community
·        Employment: Help family find jobs and navigate US work culture
·        Finance: Help with fundraising and financial management for JCARR
·        Legal Services: Help procure pro bono legal services as needed
Legal Services for Afghan Evacuees: We are not sure what the legal status of JCARR’s Afghan family will be when they arrive in our area. They could have Special Immigrant Visas, be Humanitarian Parolees, or asylum-seekers, or the family may include members who are all of the above.  We will need an immigration lawyer to help them. If you are a lawyer who can volunteer with JCARR Legal Services Task Force or if you know of an immigration attorney in Connecticut who might be willing to help an Afghan family with their legal status, please contact Jean Silk at
To make a contribution to JCARR online go to  Or send a check, payable to The Jewish Federation with JCARR in the memo line, to The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, 06525.  Attention Amy Holtz.
We greatly appreciate your support!

Social Action


Mitzvah Garden

Mitzvah day 2012 was the kick off day to start a new garden at B'nai Jacob to help feed the hungry in Connecticut. Since then, many families have been volunteering their time to maintain the garden and bring food to the food bank.

This garden is part of a greater project called Harvest Now. Organizations throughout Connecticut participate with their own gardens. The produce is weighed and delivered to various food banks in the state.

This is a great way to get involved, its easy and rewarding...a great family project.

It is a great mitzvah to be able to grow fresh, healthy food for the hungry.

If you would like to help with the garden please email Andrea Fleischman at


Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

Volunteer to help serve the homeless.

Second Sundays of every month are B’nai Jacob’s days to volunteer at the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen.  This is easy and rewarding work for older kids, teens, and adults.
4:15pm - 6:30pm

Contact Kal Watsky with questions or to sign up to volunteer at 203-393-2991 or

The Soup Kitchen is located at 311 Temple Street, New Haven. 


Jewish Alliance for Refuge Resettlement (JCARR)


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