Today is June 27th, 2017 -

Temple Sinai

50 Sewall Avenue
Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: (617) 277-5888

Syrian Refugee Resettlement Project



 The Family We’re Sponsoring Arrives on July 13th!

 The news we’ve been waiting for arrived late Friday afternoon when we learned from Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Metrowest that a Syrian family of three (two parents and an 11-year old daughter) was approved for entry to the U.S. and travel to Boston, to arrive on July 13.  Unfortunately, the family of five that we were expecting later this summer still does not have approved travel plans, and so Temple Sinai has been asked to adopt this family instead.  

This is very exciting news!  We very much look forward to meeting this new family whom we will sponsor.  We will greet them in the spirit of the mitzvah of welcoming guests, and with kavod, respect and dignity, to make their transition to a new life in the United States as easy as possible.

We have committees gathering furniture and household items, and a team (listed below) actively pursuing leads on housing.

What is our first priority need?  A PLACE FOR THEM TO LIVE!

We have let many wonderful realtors know that our strong preference is a 2-bedroom apartment in or close to Brookline and we can sign a lease as soon as July 1.  We are seeking a unit on the first floor or in a building with an elevator because of medical issues.  We are reaching out to you for leads for anyone you know (landlords, management companies, someone with an in-law apartment, etc.) that might be able to offer housing to our family.  Please contact Temple Sinai’s Housing Committee if you have any suggestions:

Mindy Margulies
Tracey Hyams

If we cannot secure a lease for the right apartment between now and July 13th, we will need temporary housing.  PLEASE let us know if you have space in your home or any other leads for temporary housing while we continue to pursue an apartment lease.

There is much else to do, and we seek your help!  In the next few days we will send out a request for items that are still needed to furnish the home as well as other important ways that you might be able to help settle and support this family.  If you would like to be involved in this effort, please let us know right away.

Thank you so much for your support.

Jill Winitzer

Mel Stoler

Co-chairs, Temple Sinai’s Syrian Refugee Resettlement Committee