September 17, 2015

From The Jewish Week


For the past two years, the organized Jewish community has raised more than $500,000 for humanitarian groups in Jordan helping Syrian refugees there. Two weeks ago, it started helping those descending on Europe. 


But following President Barack Obama’s action last week authorizing the resettlement of at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the

U.S. over the next year (on top of the 1,500 Syrian refugees already resettled here), several Jewish leaders are urging caution. 


The warning comes even as some congregations here are seeking to sponsor Syrian refugees arriving in the U.S.


The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is one of about 40 national Jewish organizations that belong to the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief that has raised money for Syrian refugees. The group did so out of a “moral” imperative to respond to the humanitarian crisis, said Rabbi Steven Wernick, the CEO of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism.


But he cautioned that “we’re talking a...

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