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Mission

The mission of The Westchester Resettlement Coalition (WRC) is to welcome refugees to Westchester County, providing them with support to help them reclaim their lives and become self-sufficient.

A joint initiative of six Westchester synagogues, WRC draws on the Jewish community’s collective history to provide the kind of help our ancestors received – or would have liked to receive – when they first arrived in America. It is rooted in the Jewish tradition of “Tikkun Olam” – “repairing the world.”

​Led and staffed solely by volunteers, WRC depends on donations and grants to do its work. The money it raises helps pay for newly arrived refugees’ food, rent, utilities and other basic needs during their first few months in the United States. At the same time, volunteers help them look for jobs, find tutors or courses to learn English, and navigate the other challenges that come with being strangers in a strange land.

Participating Organizations
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Board Members
 
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Wendy Naidich

Temple Beth Shalom

Director

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Robin Joseph

Temple Beth Shalom

Housing Set-Up 

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Alice Brandwein

Sinai Free Synagogue

Healthcare

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Leslie Damesek Litsky

Woodlands Community Temple

Communications,

Housing Set-Up, Education

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William Cherkin

Temple Beth Shalom

Treasurer

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Dana Watnick

Sinai Free Synagogue

Healthcare

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Cippi Harte

Bet Am Shalom

Recording Secretary

Committee Chairs
 
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Sheri Stanger

Temple Beth Shalom

Education

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Alison Zarider

Communications

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Gary Karlitz

Woodlands Community Temple

Employment

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Rod Rolett

Sinai Free Synagogue

Employment

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Mark Frankel

Temple Beth Shalom

Communications

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