Sunday, April 02, 2017

North Adams synagogue sets April 20 free, public discussion on refugees: "Welcoming the Stranger"


​Submitted by Tela Zazsloff. For more information contact 
Jack Hockridge, Administrator,
​ Congregation Beth Israel --    Phone 413 663-5830

              NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- ​

Congregation Beth Israel (53 Lois Street, North Adams), will present, on April 20, 7:30pm, an up close look at the current refugee crisis. 

Joanna Slater, an award winning journalist for the Toronto Globe and Mail, will discuss her first-hand account of the current flight of refugees across Europe. She will also reflect on the role of journalists in bringing the refugee crisis to light. 

Deirdre Griffin, director of the New American Program of the Jewish Family Service of Western MA, will review plans to bring 50 Syrian refugees to the Berkshires, and update us on where this program now stands.

Suzanne Graver, professor emerita of Williams College and chair of CBI's Speakers Committee, will discuss how rabbis, synagogues, and Jewish agencies and journals have been taking to heart the Torah's 36 commandments to welcome the stranger. 

 Discussion will follow.  The program is open to the community free of charge.



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