Syrian Refugee Resettlement Team

Welcoming The Stranger

Our 80-person and growing Syrian Refugee Resettlement Team is preparing to welcome its first of two Syrian refugee families, expected to arrive in February.  We have various task groups working on the many pieces to be successful with the help and guidance of our partner, Jewish Family Services of Metrowest.  These tasks include a housing search, fundraising, household setup, accessing government services, integrating the family to our communities and with US customs. The major focus is now to raise the necessary dollars to cover the rent for these families for 12 months, estimated at $22,000 per family.  Please donate to this cause. Save A Life, Save A World.

Syrian Refugee Resettlement Effort at TBE:  Important Information >

Click here to see our Syrian Refugee Resettlement initiative featured in Boston Globe

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 29, 1:00-4:00 pm
The Syrian Refugee Crisis From Boston to Syria: How YOU Can Help

Join the Shapiro Foundation and our community to learn about the Global Syrian Refugee Crisis and how you can directly help refugees in the Middle East, Europe and those resettling in the United States. The afternoon will begin with a brief interactive history of the civil war in Syria that has caused one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time. We will then break off into small workshops run directly by the four presenting partners about their work and how to get involved. We are proud to partner with HIASIsraAIDJFSMW and UNICEF. We will then reconvene for a panel discussion with members of recently resettled families in Greater Boston. Click here to download a flyer about the event.

*Space is limited*
Click here to RSVP


CLICK HERE for HIAS' link to contact Congress

April 2017
TBE members and Syrian Refugee Resettlement Team Leaders, Ed and Barbara Shapiro Recieve the
 3rd Annual Sharp Rescuer Prize

The Sharp Rescuer Prize promotes humanitarian work in the example of Waitstill and Martha Sharp and seeks to empower rescuers today who sacrifice for others. This social justice award is awarded annually in honor of the Sharps and their commitment to the Unitarian Universalist core values of justice and compassion. The Sharp Rescuer Prize supports people like the Sharps and Marina Goldman (the award's first recipient) and the associated organizations in carrying out their selfless work.

Read more about the 2017 Sharp Rescuer Prize Recipients.





Do you have items or services you would like to donate? Click here!

If you are interested in joining our Team in this humanitarian effort, contact Michael Gilman or Susan Sidel

We have a google group! If you want to recieve updates on our effort's accomplishments and needs, please contact Sandy Aronson.


Our Committes and Leaders

Fundraising - Michael Gilman

Housing Search - Debbie Gotbetter

Household Setup - Emily Hoadley 

Accessing Services - Eva Sartori

Family and Children Integration - Laura Gilman

Click here to watch Rabbi Joel Sisenwine's 2016 Rosh Hashanah sermon which includes details on our resettlement campaign.

Click here to watch Rabbi Josh Franklin's 2015 sermon on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.
 - Martin Niemoller