Celebrating a holiday for the first time in a new culture can be daunting. When JCARR’s Family 9 said they would like to make a Thanksgiving dinner – less than a month after they arrived in the United States – volunteers made it easier for them.  One person provided a Halal turkey; another explained the traditional side dishes; they chose options that appealed most to them – rice instead of mashed potatoes, for example.  The three daughters surprised us, though, when we invited them to learn to make Thanksgiving pies, and they turned out to be whizzes. As the photos show, they made apple/cranberry and pumpkin pies, which turned out perfectly!

The children in the family are excited about starting school tomorrow!  Four children will attend three different schools, so they will have lots to discuss as they compare their experiences. 
We’re thankful for the work of JCARR volunteers who helped this family move quickly through the first stages of resettlement.  We’re grateful for the many gift cards JCARR friends donated to help them buy clothing and supplies for school.
Please consider making a year-end donation to JCARR! All donations go into JCARR’s bank account and enable us to continue to provide direct services to refugee families. Donate online at: https://jewishnewhaven.org/refugee-resettlement/give. Or, send checks payable to The Jewish Federation, with JCARR in the memo line, to The Jewish Federation, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, 06525. Attention: Jennifer Zuppe.  
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