This week, Governor Lamont was informed by the White House that our state will soon be asked to accept as many as 310 Afghan refugees for resettlement in Connecticut. Leviticus commands.
“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do them wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; ou shall love them as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 23:9)
When these individuals arrive, Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT) will help welcome them. Comprised of all Connecticut Jewish Federations, FACT is our government and community relations arm, and it lobbies for legislation that is of interest to Connecticut’s Jewish community.
Thanks to Governor Lamont and the General Assembly, JFACT receives Citizenship grants to help turn refugees and asylum seekers to United States citizens. The Dept. of Social Services has given permission for JFACT, along with our partner service agencies, which include Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County, Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, CIRI, IRIS and others to use these funds to help pay for civics training, ESL teachers, Family literacy program and U.S. citizenship application fee for the Afghani refugees.
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