The War in Syria: What Lies Ahead, and How We Can Help
3:30 PM15:30

The War in Syria: What Lies Ahead, and How We Can Help

Join us for a discussion with a distinguished panel of experts on the war in Syria, now in its sixth year. The panelists will provide an overview of the current situation in Syria, the impact of the Trump Administration's policies on Syria, and the war crimes that have been committed–including a case being brought before a Spanish national court. The discussion will also include actions that we as a community can take to advocate for and offer support to the Syrian people.

For further information, please contact Michael Kane of the Valley Syrian Relief Committee at (413) 586-0403 or 


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Sending Hope to Syria
2:00 PM14:00

Sending Hope to Syria

Join us for an opportunity to send Letters of Hope to the people of Syria, who are suffering the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. 

For more information, please contact Michael Kane at (413) 586-0403 or

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 The Plight and Journey of Congolese Refugees
7:00 PM19:00

 The Plight and Journey of Congolese Refugees

Several of the refugees we hope to resettle in Northampton originally come from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Many have spent much of their lives in refugee camps in neighboring countries.

Please join us to learn more about experiences common to people fleeing the Congo, and their eventual resettlement in the United States.

This discussion will take place at Edwards Church Sanctuary on three different dates:  

Tuesday, Feb. 28th from 7:00-8:30pm
Thursday, March 2nd from 9:30-11:00a.m. 
Saturday, March 11th from 10:30-12:00pm.

These informational sessions will be open to all volunteers as well as to the larger community.

Please follow this link to rsvp:

No food or drinks allowed in the sanctuary.

Thank you!

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5:00 PM17:00

Fundraising & Community Building Dance

Help our arriving refugee families pay for housing and social service support while enjoying a live band and evening of dance!

 Time: 5:00 beginner swing lesson with Deborah Cohen; 6:00-9:00 dance party with Paris (playing a mix of swing, funk, R&B)

Admission: recommended donation of $5-$25 (any donation gratefully accepted)

Location: Florence VFW located at 18 Meadow Street in Florence.

This event is open to all ages. The space is wheelchair accessible. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Proceeds to benefit the Northampton Refugee Resettlement Initiative. For more information contact Deborah Cohen @

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Voices & Portraits of Muslims in the Valley

Exhibit Opening Nov 11 4:30-6:30PM, as part of Arts Night Out Northampton

Northampton City Hall Gallery
Second Floor – City Hall
210 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Exhibit Runs from November 11 – December 2
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Writer Jenny Bender and artist Amanda Herman have been interviewing and photographing Muslims in the Valley in order to learn about our Muslim neighbors. The project arose in response to the alarming rise of Islamophobia and the mistrust and misinformation many non-Muslims have about the religion and those who practice it.

Over a period of six months, Bender and Herman met with a wide range of families and individuals from many parts of the world – those aged 7- 70, from refugees to recently converted, to those born and raised in the USA. Participants were asked to speak about four main topics: what their religion means to them, the role of women in Islam, what their experience has been as a Muslim in today’s tense political environment and what they believe non-Muslims should know about Islam.

The exhibit features a series of 16 portraits of those interviewed, accompanied by edited, first-person statements from the interviews. 

For more information or interviews please contact:
Jenny Bender or Amanda Herman 415-286-0084

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2:00 PM14:00

Public Forum

Residents of Northampton are invited to attend public conversations to learn about the initiative to resettle refugees in Northampton.

Staff from the refugee resettlement organization, Catholic Charities, will present and conduct the discussion along with members of the Northampton community who are on the resettlement project's steering committee.

Please spread the word to friends and neighbors and join us at one of the public conversations.

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