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HIAS Refugee Adoption Program

BZBI’s Tikkun Olam Network has formed a partnership with Society Hill Synagogue to “adopt” a refugee family through the HIAS Pennsylvania community support program. HIAS Pennsylvania (formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, now a non-denominational resettlement agency) matches refugees with volunteers who can provide a year of ongoing support.

We have been matched with a wonderful family from Congo and Namibia–Suzana Mbonigaba and Merthus Muzungu, and their children, Merci, Delice, Michele, Esther, and Eliah.

We will be helping with everything from job placement to navigating public transportation to sorting through junk mail—all of the needs that arise as a family gradually finds its way in a new setting.

Help Support this Program with Dollars for Diapers:

Right now we’d like to ask for help in covering the some of the costs associated with the family’s new baby boy, Eliah. The most immediate concern is the cost of diapers. It may not seem like much, but they are a major expense for this struggling family. Donate starting today, and the money will go first to providing for this need.


For more information about our work with this family, read about getting to know them here and our first Hanukkah together here.

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