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Sunday, November 10 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Welcoming the Stranger: Jewish Responsibility in the face of the World Refugee Crisis

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Welcoming the stranger is one of Judaism’s most long-standing virtues. The commandment to be hospitable appears in the Torah no fewer than 36 times and in a multitude of ways: "do not wrong or oppress the stranger," "welcome the stranger," and even "love the stranger."

This session will include a text study of some of these references, and explore their relevance to today's Jewish responses to the world refugee crisis, including the role of Jews in the Toronto community in sponsoring and resettling refugees in partnership with JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto.

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Naomi Kramer

Naomi is the Project Manger: Fundraising, Grants, and Special Projects for JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto. For over a decade, she has worked in the non-profit sector building programs for clients, managing grants, raising funds, building coalitions and partnerships... Read More →
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Yacov Fruchter

Yacov Fruchter is director of community building and spiritual engagement at Beth Tzedec Congregation. Yacov has recently graduated from a Master's of Pastoral Studies program at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto and has spent four summers working in the spiritual care... Read More →
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Jodi Block

Jodi Block has worked at JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto for 15 years and in a number of capacities, helping to welcome and connect new immigrants to the Jewish community and to Toronto.  At the height of the Syrian refugee crisis, Jodi was part of the JIAS Toronto team... Read More →

Sunday November 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EST