JFS Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project

Since 1979, JFS has assisted refugees fleeing from violence and persecution in their home countries – families desperate to find safety; parents determined to build a future for their children.

In 2016, when over 5 million refugees had already fled Syria, JFS responded to the crisis by leading the JFS Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project, a coalition of 17+ partner organizations from area synagogues, Islamic centers, academia, and the medical community.  With the support of hundreds of volunteers and donors, JFS case managers resettled families from Syria in the Metrowest area and continues to help them overcome the challenges New Americans face when building a life in the United States.

These families are on the path to self-sufficiency and JFS will resolutely stand by these young victims of the Syrian war, every step of the way.

Follow the story of the JFS Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project:

The Last Refugee, Through the closing door

by Jenna Russell, The Boston Globe

The Last Refugee, Threads of new life

by Jenna Russell, The Boston Globe

The Last Refugee, Letting go, taking hold

by Jenna Russell, The Boston Globe

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