Volunteers from our Housing Set Up subcommittee worked feverishly to make an apartment a home for our newly arriving family. How fortunate we were to have Amira and Basil whom we had met at our October dinner, there to help us.
When the family arrives they will see a sign, written in Arabic that says, "Welcome to your new home." We know you join us in feeling that!
Thank you to everyone that has contributed to this effort as the journey continues.
“You too must befriend the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10.19
With over 65 million displaced people worldwide, many of us feel helpless. We think of Abraham inviting the strangers into his tent, and hear that call. We hear Isaiah imploring our people to let the oppressed go free, to share our bread with the hungry, to take the poor into our homes.
At Temple Shalom we are heeding the call by providing housing for two Syrian refugee families for a year. We will be working with Jewish Family Services of Metrowest under the guidance of HIAS to do this work, joining other congregations in the Boston area to respond to this need.