February 19, 2016
We are awaiting
more information about the small family with whom we have been matched. The
last of our paperwork has been signed and submitted. The next step is for the
family to undergo security and medical screening. When that is complete, we
hope to hear more about their potential arrival date in Victoria.
If anything is
amiss with the family’s paperwork or a serious medical condition is discovered,
they could be delayed, or their application denied. If that happens, we will
work with the ICA, who will help to match us with another (likely larger)
family to sponsor.
In the meantime,
fundraising will continue into March to help us reach our goal.
Last Sunday –
Valentine’s Day – the Victoria Society for Humanistic Judaism held a wonderful
event to help raise funds for our Syrian Refugee Family Sponsorship Project. In
addition to watching a delightful film, A Tickle in the Heart at the JCC,
those attending had an opportunity to participate in a chocolate-themed raffle.
The event raised over $1500 – a very impressive outcome. Thanks to Sharon
Kobrinsky, Mona Acker (a member of our sponsorship group), and others from the
Society who worked hard in support of this project.
Please join us
for a lively fundraiser this Sunday, February 21st, 2:00 pm at the
synagogue. Four members of our congregation – all published poets – will read
original poetry. They will be joined by The Klez, who will play music
reflecting the essence of the poetry. Admission is by donation. Light
refreshments will be served.
Editor’s note: Photo is from an online source and not of the family in question