4th of July with the Almadani Family

“I love, love, love it. It is so beautiful.” For the first five minutes of the fireworks show in downtown Oak Park, Baian, age 8, must have repeated that sentence ten times. Baian (pictured below), her older brother Mohammad (10), and their younger sister Esraa (6)...

The Rothbaums visit the Almadanis

What a pleasure it has been getting to know the Almadani Family the last several months. It’s truly amazing to see the progress they’ve made since that cold December evening when they arrived at O’Hare! I wanted to share some updates and some fun times we’ve had...

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

[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

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...