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OPT and RefugeeOne

Oak Park Temple is partnering with RefugeeOne to support a refugee family in their resettlement in Chicago. Community members can sign up to volunteer, and donations are always helpful.

Join our volunteer list here

Donate here to support our work.

RefugeeOne’s mission is to create opportunity for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance. As the largest resettlement agency in Illinois, RefugeeOne has welcomed more than 18,000 refugees through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program since 1982. RefugeeOne walks alongside refugees from the moment they land at O’Hare International Airport—welcoming them to Chicago and providing furnished apartments, English classes, job readiness training, mental health care, youth programming, and mentors to help them adjust to life in the U.S. 

Moving far away, learning another language, and adjusting to a new culture are difficult experiences for anyone to face alone. As a RefugeeOne co-sponsor, OPT will help alleviate those struggles for refugees by assisting with rent and basic needs, setting up a welcoming apartment, and mentoring them when they arrive in Chicago. OPT volunteers will also be a friend, providing social and emotional support.

Please send questions about our refugee resettlement project to Rabbi Kirzane at

Tue, January 18 2022 16 Sh'vat 5782