Afghan refugees will speak at the Jewish Community Center on Saturday

HARRISON, NY — This weekend, an Afghan refugee family who moved to Westchester will tell their story at the Harrison Jewish Community Center.

More than four years ago, Reshad and Zulfar Ahmadi and their two young children fled Kabul after being “verbally and physically assaulted by Afghan insurgents as a result of Reshad’s work with the US government”, Center officials said. Harrison Jewish community.

Now, on Saturday, March 5, the family will speak about their experience moving to the area as part of the center’s participation in Refugee Shabbat 2022, a global service involving readings related to the refugee crisis and community members sharing their experiences.

Ronit Razinovsky, the synagogue’s director of education, is also set to speak at the service, recounting her trip from Israel to the United States.

“We are very happy to be part of the Refugee Shabbat,” said Eric Nussbaum, executive director of JCCH. “We are especially proud of our community’s work in helping Ahmadis settle in the United States. Jewish history is so intertwined with the immigrant experience. Helping the stranger among us is fundamental to the Jewish people .”

Saturday services begin at 9:30 a.m., both in person (the community center is located at 130 Union Ave., Harrison) and via Zoom. Anyone who would like a Zoom invitation can call the JCCH office at 914-835-2850.

The centre’s resettlement committee is currently helping resettle nine Ahmadi family members – grandparents, siblings and a toddler – to White Plains, as they are living in a refugee center in the United Arab Emirates after being fled Afghanistan in October.

Anyone wishing to contribute to this effort can make a donation to a GoFundMe for the family, which has so far raised $15,289 with a goal of $30,000.

Donate here.

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Jill E. Washington