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Local Jewish, Syrian groups to host discussion on refugee crisis

“Humanitarian Crisis in Syria: Realities and Responses” will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25.

The war in Syria -- now in its fifth year -- has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 people and forced over 12 million others to flee their homes, creating the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. The war and its effects have also become a potent topic in the current election.

JUF, the Syrian American Medical Society and Syrian Community Network will host a discussion titled "Humanitarian Crisis in Syria: Realities and Responses" at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at 4th Presbyterian Church, Buchanan Chapel, 126 E. Chestnut St.

Speakers include Dr. Georgette Bennett, founder and president of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding and founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees; Shadi Martini, senior Syria advisor to the Multifaith Alliance who fled Syria in 2012; Dr. Zaher Sahloul, founder of the American Relief Coalition for Syria leading the SAMS effort to provide medical relief for refugees in Europe; and Lina Sergie Attar, co-foudner and CEO of Karam Foundation, which is providing therapy and services to Syrian youth.

The event is free and open to the public.


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