A Statement on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

ENCINITAS, CA – Guided by the values of our founders Lee and Toni Leichtag, the Leichtag Foundation looks with much concern upon the current refugee crisis unfolding out of Syria and the rhetoric being used in the United States to turn victims into combatants.  
We must not turn our backs on refugees. We must do all we can to help them and improve their lives. These are core Jewish values and teachings: we are implored to welcome the stranger because we too were once strangers.
To that end, the Leichtag Foundation is actively engaged in advancing initiatives that advocate for, support, and strengthen the resettlement of refugees fleeing the terror and violence in Syria. We know that properly welcoming these refugees–men, women and children who are just seeking better and safe lives for themselves and their families–will not only improve their lives but will enrich our community and our country.
The Leichtag Foundation was founded by Max “Lee” Leichtag, the son of Jewish refugees and his wife Andre “Toni” Leichtag.  Lee and Toni emerged from poverty and went on to live the American dream, devoting 98% of their assets at their deaths for the benefit of the community.  Since its inception in 1991, the Leichtag Foundation has granted over $108 million to 353 different organizations primarily in San Diego, California and Israel.