October 1, 2015




It’s been a month since the brutal reality of Syria’s civil war was driven home to the world by a photograph of the lifeless body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, washed up on the Mediterranean Sea’s shoreline. That image crystallized a massive, if belated, outpouring of concern for the fate of millions of Syrians fleeing the barrel bombs of the dictator Bashar al-Assad and the Russian airstrikes now backing him, along with the onslaught of Islamic State and other Islamist terrorist groups.


That concern has been particularly pronounced among American Jews. “Until recently, not enough has been done by the Jewish community,” Georgette Bennett, founder of theMultifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, a coalition that includes many Jewish organizations, told The Forward in an interview. “But I believe now we will see a much greater response, because that photograph really galvanized the world.”


Speaking to The Tower in January this year, Bennett described what had so far been...

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