Resettling Unfunded, Unattached Soviet Refugees in Small U.S. Communities
Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America
Author(s): Madeleine Tress
Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 68:2
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Immigration; Social Services; Communal Organization
Coverage: United States
The resettlement of Soviet fews in the United States has largely been the responsibility of intermediate and large cities with comprehensive federation/agency/synagogue infrastructures. In 1990, 34 small U.S. communities, mostly in the Northeast, Midwest, and South, resettled individuals who were designated as privately funded and unattached; that is, refugees who were both ineligible for public funding and had no relatives in the United States. A telephone survey of these communities revealed that raising funds for resettlement was not a problem; rather, there are limits to voluntarism, which cannot substitute for professional services within the Jewish community.