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- On February 27, 2018
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Please consider helping a Yazidi refugee family who has lived through an unspeakable nightmare.
We’ve all seen the photographs of refugees being attacked in their villages by ISIS, living in unsanitary conditions in crowded camps, or huddled in small and shaky boats as they attempt to cross rivers or oceans. We mostly stand idly by because we don’t know how to help. Temple Israel has already resettled one Syrian family and, by doing so, embodied the Talmudic teaching that “to save a life is to save the entire world.”
We now have a chance to help another family, but need your support in order to do so. The family of four who needs our help are Yazidis, an ancient, monotheistic, peace loving people whose religion combines elements of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Yazidis once numbered in the millions, but they have been decimated due to the 72 separate genocides directed against them.
The family in need came to Boston to seek medical help for their toddler son, Dilibreen, whose face was burned beyond recognition on his first birthday when his crib caught fire in a refugee camp. Rabbi Zecher learned of Dilibreen’s plight and brought it to the attention of congregant Tanya Goldwyn, the longtime chair of TI Cares. For the past 18 months, Tanya has almost singlehandedly sustained this family by arranging housing and providing food, medications, and clothing. Tanya has accompanied them on an endless stream of medical appointments, moved them to and from four donated apartments, and taken them on outings for relief from the hardship of living from doctor visit to doctor visit. Dilibreen has already had seven surgeries at the Shriners Burns Institute since arriving in Boston and will need at least a dozen more.
Tanya is a tzadek and sees her involvement with the family as a way of paying forward a debt to those who saved her family’s life during the Holocaust. As she notes, “the course of Jewish history would have been different if enough people had spoken up and taken action.” She cites the generosity of several individuals in helping the family, including Helen Cohen, the families of the FJECC, and Fran Putnoi, who has helped with short term housing. The family is now in need of long term housing, as well as financial support, so Tanya is reaching out to the wider community. It takes a village to raise a child and, in Dilibreen’s case, to heal a child, and Tanya hopes that the TI community will join her in the performance of this ongoing mitzvah so that Dilibreen can have a new face and thus a new life.
Please contact Tanya at Tatyanarfa@comcast.net or by phone at 617.244.4331. If you prefer, checks can be made out to the CHILD REFUGEE INITIATIVE (CRI), a 501(C)(3), and mailed to Tanya at 250 Hammond Pond Parkway, #1707N, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467. Please write “Restricted: Dilibreen Muhseen & Family, Lodging/Food” on the memo line of your check. Every penny will be used solely for Dilibreen’s care, and donors will receive an acknowledgement from CRI for tax purposes. Thank you for considering this request.