Richmond synagogue to host discussion with nonprofit director on Syrian refugees

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Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond is set to host a timely discussion during its regular Bagel Brunch event this weekend, as the synagogue will feature a nonprofit director talking about her experiences with middle eastern and African refugees who have fled to Greece.

The community is invited to join Dr. Carla Cassler’s discussion, which will occur from 10:15 a.m. to noon this Sunday, Feb. 12, at Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central (Hilltop exit I-80E).

Cassler, wife of Temple Beth Hillel Rabbi Dean Kertesz, is the associate director of the nonprofit Acupuncturists Without Borders, where she coordinated the first acupuncture program to provide trauma treatment to refugees in Greece.

She plans to recall her experiences and discuss the column by The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, “Today’s Anne Frank Is a Syrian Girl.”

“[Cassler’s] talk will open a personal window onto one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of our time,” according to Temple Beth Hillel.

See the flier below for more information. A $5 donation is requested to attend the bagel brunch.

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