Assisting Jews in Need

HIAS is the world’s oldest refugee protection agency, fulfilling Jewish values and tradition by serving and protecting refugees and displaced persons of all faiths and ethnicities and standing up for their human rights. As the American Jewish Community’s global organization engaged in refugee work, HIAS has the historic responsibility to ensure that the Jewish community is engaged in and committed to protecting all refugees world-wide.

HIAS is committed to finding durable solutions for Jews who face persecution, discrimination, or violations of religious freedom and whose safety and security is at risk. 

In addition to Jewish refugees, there are also Jews living in parts of the world who, while they may not meet the legal definition of "refugee," seek to leave countries plagued by anti-Semitism for places where they can live openly, proudly and safely as Jews. In cases where Jews wish to leave a hostile or unsafe environment, and do not have the means to do so without assistance, HIAS, working closely with our colleagues in other Jewish organizations and in affected Jewish communities, dedicates resources and expertise to provide information, counsel, advocacy, and financial and other assistance for viable migration options to the United States and other welcoming communities.

HIAS is always “on call” to Jewish communities in the United States and around the world who request our expert counsel to rescue, receive and welcome Jewish newcomers in search of a haven from anti-Semitism. In addition, HIAS is committed to working with Jewish communities fulfilling Jewish values by welcoming refugees of all religions and ethnicities fleeing xenophobia, racism, and other manifestations of hatred.

As the international refugee agency of the American Jewish community, dedicated to the principle of refugee protection, HIAS recalls the wisdom of Hillel: "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?" Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14

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