Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement

"We make the world better, one family at a time"


Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement (JCARR)

JCARR was established in 2015 by five area synagogues and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, which came together to welcome, sponsor and support refugee families new to our area. The synagogues - Congregation Beth-El-Keser Israel (BEKI), Congregation B'nai Jacob, Congregation Mishkan Israel, Congregation Or Shalom, and Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven - have all had a history of individually sponsoring refugee families, dating back to the 1980s. They saw the need to reinvigorate those efforts in light of the recent refugee crises worldwide


JCARR’s vision for refugee resettlement is intricately connected to our historic Jewish tradition of welcoming the strangers among us, and of tikkun olam (repairing the world). Refugee families come to this country after years of instability, living in challenging, and sometimes unsafe, environments. They endure  experiences that can be traumatic and often result in a sense of humiliation and helplessness. 

“My grandfather was saved by coming to this country from Germany in 1921. God knows what would have been if that opportunity wasn’t afforded to my family. We need to do whatever we can to uphold that tradition of welcoming and giving people an opportunity to succeed and survive." Peter Stolzman, JCARR Volunteer.

As refugees begin the journey of rebuilding their lives in their new communities, JCARR volunteers embrace working in partnership with these families to respectfully help them regain their dignity, confidence and sense of control. This means volunteers work with—rather than do for—family members as they learn a new language, become familiar with their new surroundings, solve day-to-day problems, adapt to new roles, and learn from mistakes, all while developing the skills they need to become self-sufficient.  


Since December 2015, JCARR has welcomed four refugee families as a co-sponsor of IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigration Services).


  • Jean Silk

    JCARR Coordinator

JCARR Welcomes New Family



Do "Tikkun Olam"

Help make the world a better place, one family at a time.