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In Berlin: German Jews, Israelis aid Mideast refugees

RABBI JOHN LINDER | Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 10:00 am

Last summer, with the refugee crisis at its apex, millions of men, women and children fled to Europe for safe haven, encountering one closed border after another. The images of desperation and heartbreaking loss during the migrants’ perilous journeys pierced our souls. Germany was one of the few European countries that decided to accept refugees. In just months, over 1 million refugees from Syria, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan poured into Germany before the border was again closed.

Over this past year, Germany, a country not accustomed to immigration, has been figuring out how to best integrate these newly arrived refugees. In the process, a partnership – almost unthinkable just two generations ago – has emerged. IsraAID, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) from Israel, has partnered with the German government to provide support for a number of refugee shelters in and around Berlin.  

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