WellesleyWeston Magazine


Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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change is always hard, and moving to a new town can be one of the biggest changes we make in our lives. Many years ago, with a toddler and a preschooler in tow, my husband and I moved to Wellesley from the Midwest. While I thought I was prepared to embrace the change, I never anticipated how difficult it would be and how alone and helpless I would feel when the moving truck pulled away and my mom left to return home to Ohio. A few people made a tremendous difference with simple acts of kindness, and they probably never realized how much their efforts meant to a young mom who had never lived so far away from family and longtime friends. There was the knock on the door from a neighbor with a freshly baked loaf of banana bread and a list of local resources like pediatricians, dentists, and neighborhood play groups. There was a visit from an associ- ate minister at the local church who noticed the moving trucks on one of her daily walks and stopped by just to say "hello," and "welcome." And there was the mom who found me standing alone on the preschool play- ground and, noting that our daughters had become fast friends, invited our family to dinner. Our husbands hit it off, our daughters are still best friends, and I hope my dear friend reads this and knows how much that day meant to me then and now. Day by day, month by month, our family felt more and more welcome. And it was a very good feeling. The word "welcome" appears in two articles in this issue, and, while both deal with the topic of immigra- tion, they are very different articles. "Welcome Home" is the first in a series of articles where we meet interna- tional families who now call Wellesley and Weston "home." The men and women we meet are proud of their immigration stories, and, as they share their fascinating journeys, we learn why they chose to stay and raise their families here. I know you'll enjoy meeting these neighbors who add much to make our towns culturally rich, diverse, and interesting places to live. "Welcome the Stranger" also deals with immigration but in a very different way. Here we meet a group of concerned citizens from Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley who decided to do something locally to help fami- lies who were forced to flee their homes in war-ravaged Syria. More than 100 members of the synagogue joined an interfaith humanitarian effort to raise money and resources to resettle Syrian refugees in our area. Thanks largely to the generosity and welcoming spirit of these volunteers, there are currently eight Syrian families who now call Greater Boston home. As we welcome spring, I hope you'll take the time to welcome a new neighbor. You'll be glad you did. J I L L N I L S E N jill @ wellesleywestonmagazine.com C A R O L Y N R O S S editor's letter 16 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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