Refugee Sponsorship and Resettlement Initiative

“It is not your obligation to complete the task of perfecting the world, but neither are you free to abandon it.” – Rabbi Tarfon, Pirkei Avot.

Update: August 31st, 2020

OSSRI would like to thank the Or Shalom community and other sponsors for your support of the Mohammed Family Sponsorship. Thanks to your generosity we managed to raise the $11,000 needed to cover the family’s travel costs.

The sponsorship is coming to an end and the family are all doing well. The parents were enrolled in afternoon English classes and have participated in online classes but hope to return when classes open up again. The eldest daughter was in English classes in the morning and works afternoons and evenings in a grocery store. A volunteer is now tutoring her once a week. The youngest daughter completed English and Biology classes at Douglas College last term and is enrolled in other classes this term.

The four other families sponsored by Or Shalom are doing well. We’ll provide an update later in the year.  

David Berson and Maurice Bloch,
OSSRI Co-Chairs