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volunteer. "Whenever a volunteer stops by, they pull up a chair and insist we enjoy some of their homemade food. And it is delicious, I might add. There is always another spot at their tables," explains another. One year after Rabbi Sisenwine announced the creation of the Syrian Refugee Resettlement initiative, he welcomed the Syrian families into the TBE sanctuary after Yom Kippur ser- vices to join in joyful song and prayer. It didn't take long for TBE song leader, Noah Aronson, and one of the Syrian dads to learn that they shared a bond — both their families are refu- gees from Aleppo, Syria. Through an interpreter, the rabbi kicked off a Q&A, asking, "What was your biggest surprise about the U.S.?" One dad replied, "That the volunteers who met us at the air- port were Jews. I thought they would want to deport us because we are Muslims. And that Jews continued to help us. But now, if we don't see a TBE volunteer in a day or so, I worry," he said with a twinkle in his eye and a smile of deep appreciation across his face. Another dad spoke about his surprise to learn about the parallels between Islam and Judaism. "My entire perception of Jews has changed. The Koran and the Torah are similar; I didn't learn that until I came to the U.S." He continued, "We never would have imagined having to leave our country and start our life over in the United States. We are deeply grate- ful for all you have done to help us. We wish you all peace and mercy from God." 103 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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