Saskatoon's Muslim, Jewish communities join to aid Syrian refugees

Amid the Syrian refugee crisis, members of Saskatoon's Muslim and Jewish communities a working together to sponsor family to resettle in the city.

Two groups working together to sponsor Syrian refugee family

Saskatoon's Muslim and Jewish communities are working together to sponsor a Syrian refugee family, with preference for single parents, pregnant women, people with medical needs and young children. (Gregorio Borgia/Associated Press)

Members of Saskatoon's Muslim and Jewish communities are working together to sponsor a refugee family, from Syria, to resettle in the city.

The Islamic Association and the Congregation Agudas Israel, a local synagogue, have combined their efforts on other initiatives, but the refugee sponsorship is special.

"This really allowed the opportunity for us to engage in a long-term relationship and a community-building collaborative," Willow Allen, of Congregation Agudas Israel, said. "And also to combine our resources so that we could really support this family to have the best transition possible."

They call their joint volunteer committee the Children of Abraham Refugee Sponsors of Saskatoon (CARS).

This evening, the group is holding a fund-raising event, starting at 7 p.m. CST, at Station 20 West. A video on the refugee crisis will be screened and members of a refugee family already living in Saskatoon will tell their story.

Middle Eastern finger foods will be served and there will be a silent auction.

Currently, the group is going through the United Nations Refugee Agency list of pre-screened families. 

"We're looking especially at those immediate high, high risk cases," Allen said. Those include people with young children, those with various medical needs, pregnant women and single parents.

Allen said their goal is to have the family in Saskatoon by the end of February.