Local event raises money for Christians in Syria


More than 400 people gathered at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Egg Harbor Township for an evening of awareness and education on the plight of Syria’s Christians being targeted by ISIS.

Helma Adde, a Roman Catholic born in the United States and of Syrian heritage, shared her documentary, “Our Last Stand,” chronicling the violence in her family’s homeland.

As well, religious leaders and academic scholars explained the roots of the genocide, and decried the five-year Syrian war which has seen over 470,000 Syrians killed or wounded.

Councilman Jesse Kurtz, of Atlantic City, is on the pastoral council of the city’s Parish of Saint Monica, and was pleased with the event, saying that over “$20,000 of the money raised during the evening will go directly to the affected people via relief agencies, which are on the ground helping the refugees.”

In addition, the event has created seeds that will bear much fruit, as Catholics are sharing what they learned at the event with their own parishes, to affect the change Pope Francis calls for. “The awareness is leading to action, that will bring about a solution,” Kurtz said.