Container ship with supplies for Syrian refugees in Turkey to leave N.J. this weekend [The Record]

A container with 15,000 hygiene kits containing shampoo, combs and towels will be leaving the Elizabeth port this weekend bound for Turkey to help Syrian refugees there. The shipment is a project of a coalition of nearly 70 faith based and humanitarian organizations that have organized to address the Syrian refugee crisis. The kits were loaded on a ship to Turkey on World Humanitarian Day, which is commemorated on Friday and is an annual reminder of the need to help the suffering. The kits are expected to arrive at their destination in about six weeks. “These are items we take for granted, but if you are a refugee living in a place that doesn’t have anything, you don’t even have a comb or a

MFA Helps Ship 15,000 Hygiene Kits to Refugees on World Humanitarian Day

(New York, NY - August 17, 2016) – In honor of World Humanitarian Day, this Friday, August 19th, the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA) – a coalition of nearly 70 faith-based and humanitarian organizations – has teamed up with Heart to Heart International’s PowrServ Division and American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), global Jewish humanitarian group, to ship 15,000 hygiene kits to suffering Syrian refugees in Turkey. Half the kits were assembled in New York City in June at the largest multi-faith gathering of its kind to help Syrian refugees: More than 800 volunteers - including Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists - united at the historic 69th Regim

NYC Supports Refugees

Testimony of Georgette F. Bennett, Ph.D. Founder, Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, a project of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding in cooperation with JDC Before the New York City Council Committee on Immigration June 27, 2016 I’m Georgette Bennett, Founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees and the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, of which MFA is a part. I’m a Jew, a child of Holocaust survivors and a refugee. My parents and I arrived in this country with the designation “stateless” written on the passenger manifest of the ship that brought us to New York. For all these reasons, I’ve felt compelled to act in the face of the immense

Watch: MFA Joint Congressional Briefing on May 17, 2016

MFA Joint Congressional Briefing: “They Have Faces and Names: Fresh Approaches to the Syrian Refugee Crisis” Speakers included Rep. David Cicilline, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Ambassador David Saperstein, F. Murray Abraham, Shadi Martini, Dr. Georgette Bennett, and Sen. Ed Markey.

Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees Urges United Nations Security Council to Act Swiftly to Stop

Nation’s leading interfaith coalition calls upon philanthropists to donate desperately needed CT scans (New York, NY - August 9, 2016) – Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA), the nation's leading faith-based coalition comprised of more than 60 faith-based and humanitarian organizations, is calling upon the United Nations (UN) Security Council to take swift action to stop the indiscriminant killing by barrel bombs of women and children in the besieged city of Aleppo – the largest city in Syria, and throughout this war torn country. MFA supports its participating organization, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and its Doctors Zaher Sahloul and Samer Attar, who presented graph

Letter To The Editor: Let the refugees in

Manhattan: Re "Syrian child star Quasi Abtini killed in war-torn Aleppo" (Aug. 1): The death of 14-year-old Abtini is symbolic of our country's need to be more receptive to resettling Syrian refugees, 80% of whom are women and children. These people are not a danger to America or our way of life; they are the victims of terror and violence. Syrian refugees are subjected to enhanced screening - the most stringent security checks of any kind of traveler to the U.S., through a process that takes more than a year and a half. It is a myth that the U.S. is lenient in its admissions program. And no one is safe inside Syria. For the millions who are trapped there, it is not a choice, and often is a

Faith & Heart hygiene kits leave Kansas warehouse on journey to help Syrian war victims

A Fed-Ex truck picked up 15,000 hygiene kits from our partner Heart to Heart International in Kansas today to be delivered next month to thousands of needy Syrian war victims. Many of the hygiene kits were assembled in June by more than 800 New Yorkers, representing the city’s diverse faith communities, in the first such multifaith event to help Syrians. The unprecedented multifaith event, held at the 69th Regiment Armory, was co-sponsored by Heart to Heart International, the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees and its partner, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). The kits contain essential health items for women, and such basic and necessary materials as combs, nail c

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