The Shankmans Hang with the Almadanis

The Shankmans Hang with the Almadanis

March 2017 The Shankmans (Stew, Alex, Jonah (9) and Serena (6)) visited the Almadni family for a few hours on Saturday afternoon and mostly discussed St. Patrick’s Day and ate soda bread and corn on the cob. We talked to Nawar and Talal about Mohammed and...

Alex, Stew and Crew Visit the Almadani’s

Guest Post by Alexandra Levit It was Saturday afternoon, time for another visit with our Syrian friends, the Almadanis. After texting with Talal, we headed up to their neighborhood in Rogers Park about 3PM.  Everyone was very happy to see each other. We started by...
Guest Blog: Joy Aaronson

Guest Blog: Joy Aaronson

[Editor’s note: Joy Aaronson is our first guest blogger. I very much hope that other OPT community members will follow Joy’s lead and write about your own experiences with the Almadani family.] During our Saturday mentoring time with the Almadani family, Debbie...
Presenting the Almadani Family

Presenting the Almadani Family

January 28, 2017 In the wake of an executive order halting the admission of any Syrian refugees into this country in the name of national security, we share with you the Almadani Family. This is the family of six the Oak Park Temple community is sponsoring, helping...

Arrival!

In my last blog post, we were roughly two weeks out from our sponsored Arab-Sunni-Muslim-Syrian-refugee family of six arriving to Chicago. We knew very little about the family. But what we did know meant it was going to be a tough transition for them even under the...

We Asked…and Oak Park Temple Delivered

We called you to action. And the Oak Park Temple community delivered. We asked for monetary donations; you gave generously. We asked you to buy and donate household necessities; almost every request has been accounted for on the sign-up genius. We asked for mentors...