Through the Eyes and Ears of Refugees

Through the Eyes and Ears of Refugees
Monday, June 10, 2019 • 7 Sivan 5779

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The Temple Emanu-El Social Action Committee invites you to a special evening highlighting the experiences of refugees living in our times through a film, a speaker, and an exhibition

Through the Eyes and Ears of Refugees

Monday, June 10, 2019

7:00 pm

Dessert and coffee will be served

There is no charge for this event

Donations are being accepted to help our newly arrived refugee family who are now living in Guelph.

Please register below

The Film: The Crossing (Documentary, 2015)

A rare, firsthand account of one of the most dangerous journeys of our time, this timely, nail-biting documentary follows the grueling plight of a group of Syrian refugees as they cross the Mediterranean Sea and travel across Europe. Gritty and unflinching,The Crossing delivers a poignant portrayal of the immigrant experience by taking viewers where most documentaries seldom go and follows the group as they split up and struggle to build new lives and establish new identities in five different countries. The film chronicles the group’s week-long voyage on a cramped, old sailing boat manned by desperate smugglers who have never before sailed beyond coastal fishing waters. The group makes it to Europe, only to find out that the hardest part of their journey still lies ahead.

Preview The Crossing (Documentary, 2015)

The Speaker: Access to Justice for Refugees presented by lawyer Maureen Silcoff

Maureen Silcoff obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Concordia University and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988. Aside from many years in private practice, Maureen spent five years as a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board.

Maureen co-chairs the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers litigation committee and is the recipient of the organization's 2012 advocacy award. She was involved in Charter challenges to the Interim Federal Health Program and the Designated Country of Origin regime. Maureen has led the Refugee Lawyers’ Association Access to Justice Committee. 

Maureen is an instructor in refugee law at the UBC Continuing Studies Extended Learning Program and has served on several community boards. Maureen speaks at conferences and community events about the refugee determination process, refugee health care and access to justice.

The Exhibition: Through the Eyes of Children: The Refugee Crisis


A traveling photo and art exhibition of refugees arriving at Lesbos, Greece from SB Cares, a Jewish non-profit organization created in 2015 in Santa Barbara, California, as a response to the global refugee crisis.


This display is a collection of photos and children’s drawings from the island of Lesbos, which became a flashpoint for the refugee crisis sweeping Europe. It is the result of the efforts of Robin and Robert Jones who live part-time on Lesbos and part time in Santa Barbara.

Monday, June 10, 2019, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
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