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Rabbi Eckstein Travels to Jordan to Help Syrian Refugees

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We have all watched with grief as Syria’s bloody civil war has continued year after deadly year. A new Washington Post article highlights the The Fellowship‘s efforts to give a helping hand to a population that has been a victim of the ongoing violence in Syria — Druze refugees who are currently finding safe haven in Jordan:

At first glance, there is nothing surprising about the recent visit by a small group of Druze spiritual leaders to the tiny, crooked house of Mohana Abu Zen El Din and his extended family just outside the Jordanian capital, Amman.

The family — two brothers, their wives, children and grandchildren — are Syrian Druze refugees who fled the ongoing violence in their country two years ago. They have been unable to support themselves in Jordan, and the religious men have come to hear about their plight, sip sweet tea with them and offer some financial aid.

But one of the sympathetic visitors stands out. Accompanying the three Druze sheikhs, in their cylindrical red and white hats and baggy pants, is a man in a buttoned-down blue shirt and a skullcap — a rabbi from Jerusalem.

That rabbi, of course, is Rabbi Eckstein, who was recently in Jordan with Israeli Druze leaders to find out how to help this population that has suffered so much. In announcing the grant to this embattled population, he said, “We believe the Druze to be true partners to Israel’s security and wellbeing … Now there is a crisis; it is time to step up and to support our Druze brethren during their time of need and suffering. We will give them as much help as we can.”

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