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Social Action


The Temple Beth Israel Social Action Committee seeks to better our world through education and collective action, addressing issues related to the safety and well-being of people in Port Washington, the United States, Israel, and the world.  This committee, guided by Jewish values, is dedicated to pursuing justice, ensuring the human dignity of others, and protecting the environment.
Some of the issues which this committee is dedicated to addressing, include the following: 

Immigration & Refugees
International Famine & Clean Water
Disaster Relief & Crisis Intervention 
Combatting Poverty & Hunger
Reducing Hatred & Bigotry
Gun safety
Protecting the Environment
Interfaith/Intercultural Understanding and Relationships

Help Relocate a Syrian Family

Our latest initiative: Help Relocate a Syrian Family

Why a Syrian Family?

Since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, millions of Syrians have been displaced either inside Syria or in neighboring countries.   Despite huge humanitarian efforts, the crisis remains - millions of Syrians are homeless, many live in refugee camps and lack the basic necessities for subsistence. Unfortunately, there is no option at this time for Syrian refugees to be resettled in the United States.  But we do want to help these Syrian refugees find better lives elsewhere, so in connection with LevantCanada, (a not for profit organization) the social action committee will be raising funds to allow this Syrian family to resettle in Canada. The funds raised will be sent to Levant Canada with the express purpose of resettling the family and taking care of their urgent needs.

About the Family the Social Action Committee will support

Ahmed Ali Rahman and his wife, Fatima Houssin Al Rahman, are the parents of 3 young children.  The oldest, Nagham, who is 7 years old, was blinded in both eyes at 2 years of age by bullets during violent attacks between the Syrian regime army and other armed groups. Nagham has two younger siblings, Ali Ahmad who is 3 and Qatr Alnada Ahmad who is 1 1/2 years old. 

What Can You Do?

We have started this page so that people of conscience do more than feel bad about the Civil War in Syria.  This project gives people the opportunity to act, to save lives, and to make a difference!

We are fortunate to have received an incredibly generous offer from a local couple,  Adam and Renée Haber, who will match all contributions raised by this TBI social action fundraiser.  This is the fourth Syrian family the Habers have worked to sponsor.

Click the donate now button and YOU can help this one family, in keeping with the tradition that whoever saves one life has saved all humanity.

Donate Here

Wed, October 27 2021 21 Cheshvan 5782