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Sunday, March 6 • 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Jewish Canadian Responses to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

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This presentation will focus on the Canadian Jewish community’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis and put it in the context of previous such events. Our presenters have a full range of policy and implementation experience.  We will describe previous refugee crises, Canada's policies at the time and the role played by the Jewish community.  The Executive Director of JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto will talk about JIAS’ work with over 34 Jewish community groups, families and members of congregations to privately sponsor Syrian refugees. We will describe how these groups evolved and the issues they have faced.  Some of them have inspiring stories of how they came to sponsor and how they formed and grew their partnership groups.  We will hear directly from members of several of these groups who will describe their own experience and successes.

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Naomi Alboim

Naomi Alboim is a Fellow, Adjunct Professor and Chair of the Policy Forum at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston. She is an active public policy consultant, advising governments and NGOs across Canada and in the Caribbean, Vietnam, Indonesia, Ghana and... Read More →
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Pippa Feinstein

Pippa Feinstein is a Toronto-based lawyer, researcher, and mediator dedicated to promoting social and environmental justice and helping to build more compassionate communities. She works in an interdisciplinary way to respond to the needs of grassroots organizations, not-for-profit... Read More →
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Abby Robins

Abby has spent the last 15 years working in Communications for non-profit organizations. She has worked at Frontier College, JVS Toronto, Second Harvest, and the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation. Prior to 2001, Abby worked in television production for 15 years. She has volunteered as... Read More →
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Janis Roth

Janis Roth is the Executive Director of JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto. She earned both her Bachelor and Master of Social Work from McGill University and has been working in the social service field for 35 years within and connected to the Montreal and Toronto Jewish... Read More →

Sunday March 6, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm EST