While little shocks us these days, one cannot help but be shaken by the stories emerging from the unfolding refugee crisis. The image of Alan Kurdi, who drowned off Turkey's coast on September 2nd, strikes a raw nerve in the heart of every parent. So too does the knowledge that, for every horrible image of a refugee who died in a failed attempt to reach Europe, countless more await help throughout the Middle East.


Within Canada's Jewish community, the notion that millions have fled the violence in Syria ignites within us an instinctive need to take action. Several months ago, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) met with the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, and we have since connected the Alliance with key officials in Ottawa and worked cooperatively to raise the profile of this tragedy. Grassroots Jewish Canadians, alongside Canadians of all backgrounds, are likewise mobilizing in response to this crisis, with various synagogues in the process of sponsoring refugee...

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