Karen Robbins

TAKING STOCK: A REPORT ON OUR REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP PROJECT

A t this past week’s AGM, Kathy Glazier, the Project Lead for the Syrian family sponsorship initiative, representing our Social Justice Committee, presented a report summarizing where the project has been thus far and what we can look forward to in the coming months. JIAS, our settlement agency, has recently informed us that the family …

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TEACHING NEWCOMERS TO FISH

As the arrival of the DJC-sponsored Syrian family approaches, volunteers from the community came together on Sunday, May 15, to learn about Syrian culture, understand how trauma may impact the family’s experience, and consider how the experience of the team currently supporting a government-assisted refugee family may inform our planning and support for the family …

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“THEORY INTO PRACTICE” — PART 1: THOUGHTS ON HELPING A NEWLY ARRIVED SYRIAN FAMILY

In April, the DJC Social Justice Committee was contacted by the Welcome Project, a private sponsoring group working with government-assisted refugees (GARS). Unlike the privately-sponsored initiatives, there is little one-to-one assistance for GARS. When the Welcome Project group reached out to the DJC, eight volunteers stepped forward. The group is working with a small family of …

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PRIVATE SPONSORSHIP – A CANADIAN MODEL WORTH EMULATING

In a recent article in the Washington Post weekend magazine, freelance journalist Robin Shulman writes, “In the United States — which has the largest refugee resettlement program in the world but does not permit private sponsorship — lawmakers and refugee advocates are watching Canada.” Read her thoughtful account of the settlement experiences of a Syrian family …

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“YOU KNOW THE HEART OF THE STRANGER”

Musings on a pre-Passover Torah study with Rabbi Miriam… One week ago, on Sunday, April 3rd, 13 people weaved their way through a Greek parade on the Danforth to negotiate an obstructed pathway to the Auditorium at “Beth-minster” for a Torah study session with Rabbi Miriam on the subject  of “Peach, Refugees & The Jewish …

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“THEORY INTO PRACTICE” – PART 2: THOUGHTS ON HELPING A NEWLY ARRIVED SYRIAN REFUGEE FAMILY

In April, the DJC Social Justice Committee was contacted by the Welcome Project, a private sponsoring group working with government-assisted refugees (GARS). Unlike the privately-sponsored initiatives, there is little one-to-one assistance for GARS. When they reached out to the DJC, eight volunteers stepped forward. The group is working with a small family of three: mother, father …

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OPPORTUNITY TO HELP GOVERNMENT ASSISTED REFUGEES (GARs)

As many of you know, the DJC community has shown an incredible amount of support — both financial and in-kind — for the resettlement of a Syrian refugee family who we are privately sponsoring.  The Jewish Immigrant Aid Service (JIAS), our Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH), has advised us that they have recently submitted the family sponsorship …

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