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Help OPT Sponsor a Syrian Refugee Family

Nawar, Talal and family arriveThe combined threats of war, persecution and terrorism in recent years have led to a refugee crisis unparalleled in modern history. The world’s displaced population has nearly tripled in the past decade alone.

As Jews, we are uniquely attuned to the plight of people who have been forced from their homes to seek new lives in faraway lands. The principle of “welcoming the stranger” is repeated 35 times in the Torah, more than any other commandment, for we were “strangers in the land of Egypt.” This commandment goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to Tikkun Olam, or healing the world.

Oak Park Temple is co-sponsoring a refugee family through RefugeeOne, an organization that we have partnered with in the past for Mitzvah Day and other events. In addition to raising funds, we need to make sure the family has a warm and inviting home set up so they can start their new lives.

Fri, September 18 2020 29 Elul 5780