JCOR Update

happy couple unloading automobile while moving apartment in summer day

Now more than ever, we need opportunities to bridge communities. JCOR is a collaboration among six Ann Arbor Jewish congregations organized to help newly arrived refugees start their lives in Ann Arbor — in partnership with Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County (JFS).

JFS serves a diverse, international population, creating solutions, promoting dignity, and inspiring humanity. Clients, and employees, are of many faiths including a great number of Jews and Muslims working, helping, and talking together.

JCOR’s new refugee family will arrive before Thanksgiving!  Preparations are on fast-forward and excitement is rising as their arrival date approaches.  

Before they arrive, JCOR needs volunteers for these critical teams:

  • Welcome and Housing 
    Members of this team will meet the family at the airport, take them to their temporary accommodations, and make sure they’re settled in for their first week.  Team members simultaneously seek appropriate longer-term housing for the family, seek donations of furnishings, small appliances, and other items to help make the family’s new space a home.  Additionally, enthusiastic move-in volunteers young and old will be needed to help put it all together.
  • Transportation Dispatch 
    Newly arrived refugees often need help getting to health care appointments, job interviews, or after-school activities.  If you have occasional free time on weekdays, you can make a big difference in their lives by helping them reach these important destinations.

The family also will need furniture including a couch, chairs, tables, lamps, dressers, bed frames, and so on.


JCOR’s 2nd Annual Fundraising Concert: Traditional Music with a Klezmer Accent, Sunday, April 7, 4 – 6pm.  Lend your support in an afternoon of toe-tapping, hand-clapping music—a little jazz, a little folk, and a lot of klezmer at the JCC.  All proceeds go to the work of the all-volunteer JCOR.

To volunteer: click here

To donate furnishings: send mail to jcorannarbor@gmail.com

To make a financial or gift card donation: click here

To get answers to questions, contact Pardes Hannah representatives Linda Jo (ljd@wkkf.org) or Renee (reneerobbins60@gmail.com)

About JCOR:  Jewish Congregations Organized for Resettlement is a participant in Jewish Family Service’s Co-Sponsorship Program.  JCOR member congregations include Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan, Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation, Beth Israel Congregation, Jewish Cultural Society, Pardes Hannah, and Temple Beth Emeth, along with the Jewish Federation which serves as JCOR fiduciary.