Refugee crisis: Vancouver Jewish temple raises $40K to sponsor Syrian family

Dan Moskovitz, the senior rabbi at Vancouver’s Temple Sholom, said the Old Testament commands Jews to love strangers and refugees. (Gavin Fisher/CBC)

Relations between Israel and Syria have been tense since the mid-1990s — the nations have fought against each other in several wars, and have never had formal diplomatic relations.

Yet when Rabbi Dan Moskovitz of Vancouver’s Temple Sholom asked his congregation for donations to sponsor a Syrian refugee family, he received $40,000 within a few days.

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“This is our story as human beings, it’s particularly our story as Jews — we have been ourselves refugees throughout our time all the way back to the times of the Bible,” said Moskovitz, senior rabbi at the Oak Street synagogue.


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