February E-Connect

Dear Friends,
We continue to be very busy at JSS. In January we hired Becca Schwartz to be our new Resettlement Coordinator. Becca is originally from Middleton but lived and worked in various countries in Africa for over ten years. She is now back to Madison with her husband and toddler.
This month we hired Rihab Taha as our first Arabic speaking case worker! Prior to moving to Madison, Rihab lived in Sudan and Egypt. Rihab lives in Madison with her husband and three children, one in elementary school, one in middle school and one in high school.
The Jewish Social Services team is doing some amazing work in the community. They are working collaboratively with community volunteers, other agencies, and the synagogues to offer assistance to those in need, serving the spiritual, emotional, physical, social needs of individuals, families. They are providing senior adult programs, case management, social work, immigration legal services, and refugee resettlement. But we need your help.
  1. Volunteer in Our Community: Please support the work of Jewish Social Services. Consider volunteering with our agency, either directly members of our community, whether they are seniors, refugees, or others or serve on one of our committees.
  2. Make a Call: Urge our President, Senators, Representatives and Governor to continue to Welcome Refugees to Madison. Or tell them that you believe that we should protect our immigrant communities. Or tell them that you believe that our vulnerable populations need health care.
  3. Donate to Jewish Social Services: Many of our clients are the people most at risk under this administration. Some rely on Medicare and Badgercare, cash assistance and housing support. Others were brought to the United States as children, have gone to school here, and are studying things like biomedical engineering, but are at risk of being deported. Still others managed to just get to the United States, but their families have been left behind.
Finally, please keep an eye out and follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JSSMadison/ for some additional actions you can take to support those we ought to help.
Dawn Berney
Executive Director

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