Vancouver Rabbi Helped Raise $40 K to Sponsor Syrian Family

You know what you’re doing, Rabbi:

Relations between Israel and Syria have been tense since the mid-1990s — the nations have fought against each other in several wars, and have never had formal diplomatic relations.

Yet when Rabbi Dan Moskovitz of Vancouver’s Temple Sholom asked his congregation for donations to sponsor a Syrian refugee family, he received $40,000 within a few days.

“This is our story as human beings, it’s particularly our story as Jews — we have been ourselves refugees throughout our time all the way back to the times of the Bible,” said Moskovitz, senior rabbi at the Oak Street synagogue. 

“It says 36 times in the Bible in the Old Testament to love the stranger, to love the refugee, because you were once strangers, you were once refugees yourself,” he told  B.C. Almanac host Gloria Macarenko.

“You don’t repeat something 36 times in the Bible unless it’s really, really important, and this is our obligation to see ourselves as them and to do what we can to save lives.”

The temple is working with Mosaic immigrant services organization, the Jewish Federation of Vancouver and the Anglican Archdiocese to sponsor a young family which has relations in Vancouver, but need sponsorship support to leave the refugee camp where they live.

Some of Vancouver’s other synagogues have also agreed to work with these organizations to sponsor one or two refugee families. Moskovitz said $40,000 is the estimated budget to support a family of four for a year.

  • terrence

    Does this guy know how many times the koran says to kill jews, and infidels (non-mooslimes)? Does he know the koran says jews are from apes and dogs?

    • Alain

      Not likely but even if it were pointed out to him he probably would not believe it.

    • Perhaps more than thirty-six times.

      • Gary

        ISIS, hamas and the Toronto-18 terrorists use the same Quran .

        That $40,000.00 is just to prime the pump because these 25,000 will have War trauma and a mental illness from islamic misogyny and abuse for the women which means a possible life time on Disability Support to drain the system while we have people sleeping on our streets.
        Somehow Toronto and John Tory solved the homeless crisis while Wynne balanced the budget and paid down the near $300 billion debt so we can now take in 25,000 welfare cases or possible Terrorist we can’t kick out once on our soil.

        • Don’t forget to thank your nearest Liberal voter for this madness.

      • Zaba

        17 times

        • Maybe.

          • Zaba

            For me, one time is too many!

          • Perhaps a tax should be added to each curse?

            Let’s make it $1.75. 1.75 (tax) x 17(set of curses) = 29.75 x 5 (prayers each day) = 148.75 (per Islamist whiner)

            This could be lucrative.

    • Zaba

      Just called to ask and he said, with his hands over his ears,
      “Im not listening…..”.

    • k1962

      He’s a tool.

  • Alain

    Temple Sholom is a reform temple. Need I say more.

    • simus1

      Reform kept the early classy (“sorry no liquor license available”) ’50s and ’60s Chinese restaurants going through good times and bad. If it wasn’t for them and retired Protestant missionaries chased out by Mao …………….

    • Surele Surele

      my idiot people

    • k1962

      We had a meeting at my Conservative shul. Didn’t go and haven’t heard anything since. Hopefully no one showed up. Rabbi Dan is such a goof.

    • I was about to point that out. These are JINOs.

      • WalterBannon


        and they are one step away from being like Soros helping Hitler stuff their own people in gas chambers

      • John

        Characterizing Muslims as the ‘New Jews’ is a very dangerous slippery slope

        Many liberal Jewish pundits construct false parallels/equivalences between the Jews…say… stranded on the ‘St Louis’ in ’39 and the current wave of Muslim economic migrants.

        It’s not as though German Jews in the 30s were flying planes into office buildings and bombing subways, trains, stadiums, bars and restaurants…

        This line of reasoning does two things; it trivializes the horrific fate of Europe’s Jews in the 30s and 40s while grossly over inflating the victim status of these economic migrants, many of whom are simply fleeing their ( largely ) self-inflicted poverty.

        Muslims are absolutely desperate to appropriate the mantle of Jewish suffering ( the silly neologism ‘islamophobia’ was coined as part of that strategy) and do-gooder Rabbis like Moscovitz aid and abet them in that goal.

        • andycanuck

          As Kathy Shaidle, BCF’s wife always says, “Moslems aren’t’ the new Jews; they’re the old Nazis.”

          • John

            Yes, I know. Why liberals keep portraying Muslims as ‘New Jews’ just escapes me. The altruism of people like the liberal Rabbi and his congregation cited in this posting is completely misplaced.

            In fact, it’s almost suicidal.

        • Fully agree, John.

    • marty_p

      Here’s my definition of the various streams of Judaism:
      Orthodox = fully observant – don’t eat drink (even water) or shave on Yom Kippur
      Conservative: it’s OK to drink water and shave on Yom Kippur
      Reform: Stop at McDonald’s on the way to Yom Kippur services – gossip about everyone at the temple and leave after a couple of hrs.
      Reconstructionist: Skip the synagogue – let’s go for all you can eat pork ribs to celebrate Yom Kippur.

  • We’re talking about one (1) family here. And they clearly have sponsorship. What about the other 24,995 refugees that Trudeau is going to bring in, come hell or high water, with or without sponsorship? All in order to save face due to Trudeau’s adolescent braggadocio.

    How “humanitarian” is it to force thousands of refugees from a sub-tropical climate to live on god-forsaken military bases in the middle of a Canadian winter? Not to mention the inherent security risks, how humanitarian is it for the refugees to put them somewhere akin to concentration camp conditions? All in order to safe face due to Trudeau’s adolescent braggadocio.

    And how fair is it to require Canadians to respond to Trudeau’s insane timeline by “guilting” us with xenophobia and Islamophobia if we don’t respond in time? All in order to safe face due to Trudeau’s adolescent braggadocio.

    This isn’t sane refugee policy, it’s “Justin Trudeau is a heroic dictator” policy. And if Canadians don’t snap to it and get our buns into gear to serve his insane ego, then it wasn’t the fault of Justin and his juvenile governance — it was the fault Canadians who are “xenophobes” and “Islamophobes”.

    • andycanuck

      “All in order to save face due to Trudeau’s adolescent braggadocio.”
      And based on a false story by a Dipper planted by a pro-NDP “journalist” who thought it would put the NDP over the edge in winning their first majority government.

      • Funny how Trudeau and Mulcair argued in one of the debates about who has the bigger ego (Harper wisely sat back and smiled). I guess it turned out that Trudeau has the bigger ego — Mulcair, in spite of his dishonesty, was smart enough to avoid making juvenile declarations.

    • Brian Jones

      “How “humanitarian” is it to force thousands of refugees from a sub-tropical climate to live on god-forsaken military bases in the middle of a Canadian winter?”

      If it makes them want to go the Hell home before blowing Canada up, I’d say it’s very humanitarian.

      Oh, wait… did you mean humanitarian as in beneficial to the refujihadis?

    • k1962

      I want to hear about how many mosques are sponsoring families. Anyone know? I bet none because they are so f*cking selfish and just sponge off us infidels.

      • Zaba

        There are at least nine places in the Quran where believers are warned not to befriend non-Muslims:

        O ye who believe! Take not for friends unbelievers rather than believers: Do ye wish to offer Allah an open proof against yourselves? (4:144)

        • k1962

          Yep, they just use us and kill us. They really are the worst.

  • FactsWillOut

    Non-zionist jew = traitor.

    • WalterBannon

      Non-zionist anyone = traitor.

  • BillyHW

    This sort of moral exhibitionism is going to get us all raped and killed.

  • Zaba

    These are definitely glass half empty folks…..
    they feel compelled to fill the glass….

  • k1962

    Also why would Jews work with Jew-hatey Anglicans? What the hell is wrong with some of my peeps?

    • Zaba

      Did you forget to repeat the mantra?

      ‘all religions are equal’……..

      • k1962

        Not to the Anglicans. I can’t stand them.

    • Waffle

      I’m still scratching my head over this:

      “Moskovitz said $40,000 is the estimated budget to support a family of four for a year.”

      In Vancouver??? Really!!?? What planet does the Rabbi live on?

    • Waffle
      • k1962

        Probably the stupid Jews who voted Liberal, NDP or Green. Uch.

  • WalterBannon

    Rabbi Dan Moskovitz and his congregation are moronic treasonous Quislings.

    When some muslim blows them up real good I will not cry for them. They will be hoisted on their own petard and their end well earned.

  • Exile1981

    This won’t end well.

  • Rosenmops

    These must be the United Church type of Jews.

    • andycanuck

      +1 analogy

  • Xavier

    $40,000? What kind of shoestring terrorism outlet are you running here?

    • andycanuck

      They get it wholesale.