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"This humanitarian effort is interfaith collaboration at its best," explains Marc. "Standing up for immigrants and people in need when the rest of the world looks the other way is engrained in our Jewish iden- tity, and other faiths have their own reasons for participating." Marc also points to the kindness and generosity of public officials, including Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Congressman Joe Kennedy III and his wife Lauren, and Congressman Mike Capuano who met with the families to reinforce that the local government is made up of people who care about them. Under the direction of the JFS Director of Immigration and Youth Services, Lucia Panichella, the TBE Syrian Refuge Resettlement team supports two of the eight families settled in the area. The congregation committed to covering rent for the two families for a year, providing a longer runway than the government provision refugees typically receive. A core group of TBE members trained with JFS to be hands-on volunteers in one of six pathways — housing and household setup, medical support, employment, education, accessing services, and family JFS Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project Faith-based partners Congregation Kehillath Israel with Congregation Mishkan Tefila- Brookline First Parish-Lincoln Islamic Society of Boston, Wayland Masjid-E-Basheer (Islamic Society of Framingham) St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Weston Temple Beth Am, Framingham Temple Beth Elohim (Syrian Refugee Resettlement Committee), Wellesley Temple Beth Shalom, Needham Temple Beth Sholom, Framingham Temple Emanuel, Newton Temple Israel, Boston Temple Israel, Natick Temple Shalom, Newton Temple Sinai, Brookline Village Church, Wellesley Business, academic, government, and community partners American Jewish Committee New England American Arabic Benevolent Association Boston Medical Center Combined Jewish Philanthropies Congressional Offices and Representatives Capuano, Clark, and Kennedy Framingham Adult ESL+ and the Framingham School Department Framingham State University HIAS JCC Greater Boston Jewish Vocational Service Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants MetroWest Medical Center MetroWest YMCA Adidas (Reebok) Shapiro Foundation State Representative Offices and Representatives Lewis and Walsh State Senate Office and Senator Spilka Syrian American Medical Society TripAdvisor Tufts Hillel and Tisch College at Tufts University William James College Two Syrian families enjoy their first Thanksgiving in the U.S. at the home of Temple Beth Elohim members Jessica and Tom Rosenbloom P A T T E R N B Y V E C T E E Z Y . C O M P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F T E M P L E B E T H E L O H I M Welcome the Stranger 96 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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