WELCOMING
REFUGEES

TRAINING SEMINAR

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Sharing expertise with
communities in relocating refugees

Over the past three weeks, more than 3 million refugees have crossed the border from Ukraine into a neighboring country. They are now in need of food, shelter and a safe place to lay down new roots for an unknown period of time. In response to this need, ECJC, EJC and HIAS are organizing a two-day seminar on how to welcome refugees into new communities.

The Jewish community response to this mass displacement has been overwhelming. In Eastern Europe , Jewish communities quickly developed a humanitarian response that included, in most countries,  building up  a presence at the border crossings, transportation to urban centers, temporary accommodation, and distribution of food and non-food items. Communities in Western Europe, have already made available resources, set up coordination mechanisms, and registered members of the community interested in hosting refugees.

Whilst many European Jewish communities have their own professional social welfare service, they mostly have little or no recent experience working with refugees. In preparation for increased engagement in support of Ukrainian refugees this seminar will introduce European Jewish social welfare services,  communities and organizations interested in hosting Ukrainian refugees to HIAS and their expertise in working with Jewish Family Services and congregations around the US in welcoming refugees.

The seminar will bring together about 60 participants from across Europe during the last week of March, and will be hosted by Fond Social Juif Unifié in Paris. The primary regional organizers are ECJC, EJC and HIAS. In addition, other organizations may contribute and provide training expertise and resources.

Beyond the immediate training objectives, bringing the various European stakeholders together, this is an opportunity to share initial successes and challenges in relation to the hosting of Ukrainian refugees, as well as providing a platform for coordination between Jewish communities in Eastern and Western Europe respectively.

Workshops will therefore be designed in an interactive format,
facilitating the sharing of information.      

The two-day program will address:

  • Models for private citizens and community organizations to consider as they self-organize to welcome refugees,
  • Best practices in group formation
  • Developing and populating welcome plans and budgets,
  • Researching and accessing government benefits, securing housing, and addressing employment, education, health care, and more
  • Psychosocial support and trauma-informed approaches to welcoming refugees
  • Legal considerations for refugees in EU countries
  • Cultural challenges in working with Ukrainian refugees
  • Matching processes for connecting welcoming groups with newcomer families and individuals

Trainers, Presenters & Speakers

Merrill Zack

Vice President for Community Engagement, HIAS

Ariella Woitchik

Director of European Affairs, EJC

Ilan Cohn

Director, HIAS Europe

Leslie Aizenman

Expert in Refugee Resettlement, HIAS

Isabel Burton

Senior Director for Community Engagement, HIAS

Chloe Shiras

Program Manager for Initial Resettlement at HIAS

SEMINAR DRAFT PROGRAMME

THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD FULLY COMPLIANT
WITH THE LATEST EU COVID REGULATIONS

12:00 - 13.00 Arrival
Arrival - Informal lunch

Arrival - Informal lunch

Merrill Zack

Welcoming the participants

1300 - 14.00
Introduction to the Seminar

Introduction to the Seminar

Merrill Zack

What we are here for, goals, methodology

14:00 - 15.30
Welcoming Circles - An introduction to the Concept

Welcoming Circles - An introduction to the Concept

Isabel Burton

Transforming your organisation in a welcoming circle for refugees

15:30 - 16.00

Coffee Break

16:00 - 17.30
From the beginning

From the beginning

Ilan Cohn

Relocation, pick up & welcoming.

Community and legal considerations

17.30 - 18:30

Free time

19:45

Dinner

21:00

The personal process of a refugee - Trauma & Post Traumatic Disorder

9:00 - 10:15 Seminar
Setting up the local Structure

Setting up the local Structure

Leslie Aizenman

Presentation of the different modules & paperwork

10:15 - 11:30
Budgetting - Expenses Planning

Budgetting - Expenses Planning

Isabel Burton

How to guarantee and plan the timeline of support

Cofunding, Cofinancing & Sponsoring

11:30 - 11:45

Coffee Break

11:45 - 13:00
Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Ilan Cohn

Security & Safety

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch

14:30 - 16:00
Local Social & Family Services

Local Social & Family Services

Merrill Zack

Defining an action plan

17:30 - 18:30

Exchange of best practises & Ideas

Sharing successful stories

19:30 - 21:00

Dinner

21:00 - 22:00
Meeting with refugees

Meeting with refugees

Ilan Cohn

Every story of success is a personal story. What is behind the process?

09.00 - 10.00 Workshop
Next Steps

Next Steps

Merrill Zack

09.00 - 10.00 Workshop
Individual Consultations

Individual Consultations

Merrill Zack

Tailor made and individual support for your community.

Sit with the experts to define your own organisation's path.

12:15

End of Seminar - Au revoir!!!

TRAINING SEMINAR REGISTRATION FEES

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND PARTICIPANTS BRING THEIR LAPTOPS TO WORK DIRECTLY ON THE DIFFERENT FORMS PROVIDED DURING THE SEMINAR

REGISTRATION FEES

REGISTRATION FEES

75

REGISTRATION FEES

The registration fee to the seminar includes

  • 2 nights in a 4 star hotel ( 29th & 30th of March)
  • All meals during the seminar
  • Materials & guidelines

WE ARE ENORMOUSLY THANKFUL TO OUR SUPPORTERS AND DONORS FOR ENABLING TO SUBSIDISE THE PARTICIPATION OF THE DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES TO THE SEMINAR

ORGANISERS & SUPPORTERS