Rabbi Henderson visits Poland to help refugees


HENDERSON (KTNV) — A Rabbi Henderson is part of a special delegation traveling to Poland to help Ukrainian refugees. 13 Action News presenter Tricia Kean had the opportunity to speak with him and one of the organizers just days before they left. They talked about their mission and how you at home can help.

“The most important thing is to testify”, says Rabbi Sanford Akselradspiritual leader of Congregation Ner Tamid in Valle Verde and 215 in Henderson.


Akselrad is one of a group of 27 rabbis, cantors and others traveling to Poland to bring aid to Ukrainian refugees. He encourages all Las Vegans to do their part.

“Now is the time to pay attention because what happens with these people really affects the whole world,” Akselrad said. “There is something we can do. May not change the whole world. But if we help one or two or three people, we change their world.”

While in Poland, he will be handing out toiletries, medicine, treats and teddy bears for children and much more.

“So we’re giving all the medical supplies, all that, but just a kind face in a world they now find cruel. Give them some hope,” Akselrad said.

The trip was organized by the Jewish Community Center in Krakow, Poland, which provides 10,000 meals to refugees every day. Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin of Florida is an organizer, working in conjunction with J2 Adventures, a Jewish travel group.

“What is the number one need for refugees right now? Tricia asks.

“I mean number one, we’re bringing supplies. We’re bringing almost 2 tons of supplies,” Salkin said.

In addition to these supplies, this special delegation raised more than half a million dollars in donations. Rabbi Salkin challenges everyone to do their part.


“This is the worst humanitarian crisis in Europe since the end of the Second World War. What are you going to do when your children and grandchildren ask you ‘what have you done’?” Salkin said.

Rabbi Akselrad agrees and says everyone can help.

“So many different charities. Pick one. Pick one you trust. It could be your church, it could be your synagogue, it could be your mosque. It could be the American Red Cross. these organizations are coming forward to say, we’re going to help, we’re going to make a difference,” Akselrad said.

Rabbi Akselrad and the group will be in Poland from April 10-14.

13 Action News will follow up with the rabbi on his trip upon his return.

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