A Vancouver Jewish temple can’t believe the support it’s getting to privately sponsor two Syrian refugee families.
Rabbi Dan Moskovitz of Temple Sholom says $64,000 has been raised in a matter of weeks.
He admits some members of his congregation were hesitant, given the ongoing conflict between Syria and Israel.
“So the worry was are we importing a problem, are we importing people into the country that don’t think favorably about Jews, but we have dealt with that individually within our congregation, people were fearful but they also wanted to help, they wanted to do the right thing, but they also didn’t want to put anyone in jeopardy.”
But he says compassion won out in the end.
“This is a core value within Judaism, it goes all the way back to the time the Israelites were slaves in Egypt. We say 36 times it’s written in the Hebrew bible in the Torah love the stranger, because you were once strangers in the land yourself.”
Here is my Kol Nidrei Sermon on the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Our congregation, Temple Sholom – Vancouver, Canada… http://t.co/xHWG3614eo
— Rabbi Dan Moskovitz (@rabbidanmosk) September 23, 2015
He says the first is a family of four with two young boys ages three and five.
Both parents are in the medical profession, the husband is a surgeon and the wife is a nurse.
The second family is a young couple with a baby on the way.
He says they could arrive in Vancouver in six months.