Syrian Family recently moved from Iraq

November 20, 2018

It was amazing to hear stories from Syria and Iraq straight from the source. I was tired of the constant drone of American new sources and was so happy to connect with this family. They are my neighbors now and anything society can do to connect with more neighbors is amazing. We had such amazing food that my mother was surprised when she woke up with no stomach problems at all. What a lovely way to spend a Saturday evening instead of going to a restaurant etc.

Joshua Buitrago

An unforgettable, worldview-changing evening

November 20, 2018

Of course the authentic Somalia food was delicious (multiple courses, dessert, hot and cold drinks, and we got to take gobs of leftovers home with us). But the real magic of the evening was listening – while we were speechless- to Mustafa talk about his life in a refugee camp, and his impossible-to-imagine journey to America. Our party asked 100 questions and genuine conversation and friendship flowed. I brought my 10-year-old daughter and I’m so glad she was there to listen and learn as well. 100% would recommend this to anyone.

Ben Lee

Syrian Family Dinner

November 19, 2018

I can’t remember the last time I ate this well: and they cooked vegetarian dishes for two of us who did not eat meat! This family is so joyful, generous, and fun, and my friends and I were so blessed by them. Book a dinner if you want a full belly & an evening full of laughter. Hoping to do it again soon.

Lindsey Laverty

Our Syrian evening

November 5, 2018

We were kindly hosted by Rema and her family from Syria Saturday evening. She, and the children, presented a beautiful table of delicious Syrian food for us. We had a great time and they were willing to share their lives with us. We thank them, and Bridge, for this opportunity. (Especially thankful for the extra effort on their part, as our original plan had to be changed due to illness.) What a wonderful way to get to know other cultures.

Wanda M King

Iraqi Dinner

November 4, 2018

We were welcomed by a lovely family and an even better meal. Maha and her family were great hosts and they were so open to our questions. We felt comfortable asking questions about the meal and their experiences in Lancaster. We talked over dinner, tea and dessert. We left with a new perspective of Lancaster and a few new friendships. Thank you thank you!

Jamie burkhart

Night of Sharing - Sudan

September 6, 2018

We had another great Bridge Experience with a Night of Sharing – Sudan. We brought along friends from Reading, PA and they booked the next Night of Sharing – Somolia on October 10, 2018. We are so proud of our friend Mustafa O. Nuur, the founder of Bridge for putting together these wonderful nights of sharing and the chance to make new friends in the refugee community. The food is fantastic and we have never missed an event and a chance to learn something new about the world and how we are all just one family.

Dennis G. Bellingtier

Brunch with the Banned Re-Run

August 26, 2018

This was the highlight of my week. You learn so much by listening to the personal stories of others. There were many details that I was unaware of about the life of refugees, like the loans they must pay back for their resettlement expenses. I am inspired and humbled, and looking forward to more connection through Bridge. Thank you for the delicious food, and for the opportunity to learn and connect.

Jenny Hill

Brunch with the Banned

August 25, 2018

Always happy to spend time with Mustafa. This inspiring young man continues to amaze me with what he is able to accomplish. (I wonder if he ever sleeps!) The food is delicious. Mustafa’s presentation is entertaining as well as enlightening. Despite a poor connection, we were able to connect via Skype with his friend who is still in the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. Unable to reunite with the rest of his family (who have been settled in Colorado) because of the US ban on refugees from certain countries, this aspiring journalist is using his skills to document refugee stories on Facebook. I pray that this xenophobic travel ban will soon end and the many thousands of refugees warehoused in camps around the world will find a safe place to call home.

Linda Frank

Khilo family

August 19, 2018

What an incredible evening! The Khilo family was incredibly gracious and I enjoyed one of the finest meals I have ever eaten. I was deeply moved hearing about their experiences in Syria and Turkey. The family is to be admired for their determination and perseverance. Thank you to Bridge for organizing such an amazing experience!

Matthew Good

Brunch with the Banned

August 18, 2018

Wonderful food to go with the amazing experience of live video chatting with Amiin. Amiin is an aspiring Photo Journalist living in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya while waiting to join family members who were resettled in Colorado prior to Trump’s Ban. It was a wonderful and very personal learning experience that just does not compare to reading somebody else’s account about the daily struggles refugees face. Between questions from Mustafa and other diners I was able to leave feeling nourished physically and mentally. PS. The pistachio cake was phenomenal!!! I will be dreaming about that cake for many nights to come.


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