With the teachings of welcoming and helping strangers and the needy deeply rooted in Jewish culture, Jewish volunteer groups across the country, and even the globe, are putting in all their effort into reactivating their refugee-support networks as they prepare to help resettle Afghans who have fled the Taliban takeover of their country.

Working round-the-clock to help out returning refugees from the US military mission, several organizations are coordinating with HIAS, formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, to identify refugees and meet their needs.

Source: Times of Israel (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Jewish social services groups in Kansas City, Delaware and Seattle have all told local news organizations that they are standing by to support refugees who arrive in their areas. In California, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley and Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay are preparing to support 130 families, according to J., the Jewish News of Northern California. In Southern California, Jewish Family Service of San Diego told the Times of San Diego it has resettled 74 Afghans since Aug. 6 and is preparing for an untold number of additional arrivals.

Similarly, several organizations across the country and globe are doing their best to settle as many Afghan families as they can, in keeping with the resources they have, be it settling 2 families or 6, Jewish communities are working to help out as many people as they can. 

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