A Syrian civil war refugee speaks to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as he visits the Za’atri Refugee Camp in Jordan on July 18, 2013. Credit: State Department.
(JNS.org) Refugees in Jordan who
were displaced by the Syrian civil war need more support from the Jewish
community, a coalition of 16 Jewish organizations said.
The Jewish Coalition for Syrian Refugees in
Jordan, a sub-group of the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief
(JCDR), has already distributed more than
$200,000 to aid programs supporting Syrian civil war refugees. The aid programs provide the refugees
with food, water,
shelter, medical care, clothing, and other services, according to JCDR. Dr.
Georgette Bennett, president and founder of the Tanenbaum Center for
Interreligious Understanding, made a $100,000 donation towards the coalition’s Syrian
“It is an imperative
of Judaism to not stand by idly in the face of a humanitarian nightmare of this
magnitude,” Bennett, a child of Holocaust survivors, said in a statement.
are part of the Jewish Coalition for Syrian Refugees in Jordan include the
American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee,
Anti-Defamation League, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish
Organizations, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Jewish Council for Public Affairs,
Jewish Federations of North America, Mazon, Rabbinical Assembly, Religious
Action Center of Reform Judaism, Union for Reform Judaism, United Synagogue
Conservative Judaism, Ve’ahavta, World Jewish Congress, and World Jewish
“As the Coalition
continues its critical efforts to care for these refugees, broader Jewish
community and other faith group support reinforces the notion that we cannot
turn away from one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time, in the midst
of a dangerous and complex ongoing civil war,” Alan H. Gill, CEO of the
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, said in a statement.
Donations to the coalition
can be made at http://www.jcdr.org/.