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  • Syrian Family Lands in Maryland, Gets Big Welcome from Local Synagogue

    Sep 07, 2016

    At 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, Karen Green is abuzz with last minute preparations. In just a few hours, she’ll be at Reagan National airport to meet the Syrian refugee family her congregation has spent the last 10 days anxiously preparing for.
  • From Albany to Kansas City, the Jewish Community Is Stepping Up for Refugees

    Sep 06, 2016

    "Against a backdrop of increased fear and unease about refugees, the American Jewish community has stepped up to the challenge, because we understand what’s at stake. Synagogues in places as varied as Albany, Chicago, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Philadelphia, St. Louis and San Francisco are helping newly-arrived families rebuild their lives in the United States," writes Rabbi Jennie Rosenn.
  • [AUDIO] Resettling Refugees in Pittsburgh, Human to Human

    Sep 01, 2016

    “I don’t know what they’ve been through, but I can relate to them as parents—as human beings.” Leslie Aizenman describes the “low-tech, high-touch process" of resettling refugees in Pittsburgh.
  • HIAS Interns Leave Their Mark

    Aug 31, 2016

    “I was a HIAS U.S. Programs Intern over the summer and honestly had an incredible experience,” said Nasreen Baten-Tschan, one of three summer interns working with the U.S. programs team at HIAS headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.
  • Hitting Important Milestone, U.S. Resettles 10,000th Syrian Refugee

    Aug 29, 2016

    The U.S. will reach an important milestone this week for refugees. The Obama Administration announced today that it will meet its goal of welcoming at least 10,000 Syrian refugees before the end of September, part of its response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria created by years of an unrelenting civil war.
  • L.A. Synagogues Going the Distance for Refugees in SoCal

    Aug 24, 2016

    A recent story in Jewish Journal highlighted the efforts of Temple Beth Am in LA to help recently resettled refugees in Southern California. Beth Am, who have joined the HIAS Welcome Campaign, partnered with Modern Orthodox B’nai David-Judea Congregation to collect needed items for newly arrived refugees.
  • TIME: The U.S. Is Failing Central American Refugees

    Aug 19, 2016

    "We must do more to help those seeking asylum—whichever direction they’re fleeing," writes HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield in a newly published opinion piece for TIME.
  • The Forward: Could Trump’s ‘Ideological’ Test Bar Orthodox Jews and Israelis?

    Aug 16, 2016

    “As Jews, we feel called to oppose policies which would bar a person based on their faith or where they come from,” Nezer said. “We have full confidence in the U.S. government’s commitment to keeping our country safe, and we cannot allow xenophobia and fear to drive our policies.”
  • Fire Strikes Refugee Housing in Buffalo: How You Can Help

    Aug 12, 2016

    On the night of July 21, 2016, a house in Buffalo, New York caught fire. Next door: the apartments of 14 newly arrived refugees from around the globe.
  • A Syrian Refugee in Quito

    Aug 10, 2016

    It’s not an exaggeration to call the current refugee crisis global. Its effects are truly being seen worldwide. Meet Dannah, who fled her native Damascus with her mother and daughter and is now rebuilding her life in Ecuador, with help from HIAS.

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