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February 24, 2017  RSS feed
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Refugee panel discussion planned

Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services is sponsoring a panel discussion on refugee resettlement on Monday evening, March 13.

The program, “Welcoming the Stranger: Rumor, Fact & Emet (Truth),” is being held in partnership with Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg and the Florida Holocaust Museum. The program is scheduled from 7-8:30 p.m. at the museum, 55 5th St. S., in downtown St. Petersburg.

The panel will discuss refugee protection issues, including resettlement and the vetting process.

Along with a representative from Gulf Coast’s resettlement program, other panelists will include a refugee resettled by Gulf Coast, Rabbi Michael Torop of Beth-El and a representative from another faith community explaining their approach to “welcoming the stranger.”

Gulf Coast has long been involved in refugee resettlement, beginning with Jews from the Soviet Union in the 1970s.

During the past year, Gulf Coast’s Refugee program, an affiliate of HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), has resettled over 200 refugees from Afghanistan, Burma, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq Ivory Coast and Somalia as well as Jews from the Republic of Moldova and the Ukraine. The program has also resettled several Syrian families.

The goal of the program is to help refugees become self-sufficient so they can care for their families on their own and become thriving members of their new community. As part of resettlement, GCJFCS gets the family set up in an apartment, helps them find jobs, enrolls their children in school, and teaches them how to navigate the bus system, grocery shopping and other activities of their daily life.

There is no charge to attend the panel discussion, but RSVPs are requested to

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