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This is Home: Screening and Discussion

Sunday, December 2, 2018 24 Kislev 5779

1:30 PM - 4:00 PMFitchburg Library, 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg

Settlement of refugees has become an urgent project for Jewish Social Services and for local synagogues Temple Beth El, Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, and Beth Israel Center. Passionate volunteers have worked many long hours, donating and collecting necessities, setting up apartments, and assisting families in adjusting to new lives here—families from Afghanistan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Pakistan, Rwanda, and Syria. Along with this activism, we need to try to better understand the experiences of people forced from their foreign homes and newly arrived in our community. To that end, Jewish Congregations for Social Justice and Jewish Social Services, in collaboration with additional sponsors, will co-host a free public showing of This Is Home: A Refugee Story, winner of the Sundance 2018 Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary. The film captures the experience of four families, refugees from Syria, as they struggle to adjust to new lives in Baltimore. The screening will take place on Sunday, December 2, beginning at 1:30 pm, at the Fitchburg Library, 5530 Lacy Road. After the 90-minute film, those interested can join local experts in a discussion of current US refugee policy and local refugee experiences. For more information, contact JSS at

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