HIAS in the News

'The Free World' by Former HIAS Client David Bezmozgis

Posted on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Author David Bezmozgis's new novel, The Free World, is centered around a family of three generations of Russian Jews who receive aid from HIAS as they leave Riga, Latvia and spend five months in Rome awaiting their visas to travel west. Check out the reviews in the New York Observer and the Forward.

Jack Garfein on Life and Acting

Posted on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

In a March 18 interview with Leonard Lopate, director and renowned acting coach Jack Garfein states that HIAS paved the way for his immigration to the United States following his imprisonment at Auschwitz.

Young Jewish, Muslim Leaders Join On Immigration Issue

Posted on Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 18:11 pm

Coverage by the New York Jewish Week of the "Building Interfaith Coalitions for Immigration Advocacy" event focused on panel member comments. HIAS' Gideon Aronoff discussed the Jewish mandate to "welcome the stranger," as well as the parallels between Jewish and Muslim communities in the United States, while immigration attorney Naveen Bhora described how application of federal immigration policy has impacted those in the Muslim community.

Young Jews & Muslims could teach Rep. Pete King a lot

Posted on Wed, Mar 09, 2011 at 10:24 am

The New York Daily News yesterday covered the "Building Interfaith Coalitions for Immigration Advocacy" event hosted on Monday by HIAS, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Islamic Cultural Center of New York, and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. In the article, HIAS Young Leaders Batya Ehrens and William Dawoodi discuss the importance of these events for building cooperative relationships around immigration issues.

Pols support renewal of Lautenberg Amendment

Posted on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

The New Jersey Jewish Standard today covered the widespread support among Jewish organizations for renewal of the Lautenberg Amendment. As HIAS' Melanie Nezer points out in the article, at least 100 refugees fleeing the Islamic Republic—including Jews, Christians, and Baha’is—will face immediate danger as a result of the delay in renewing the amendment.

Q & A with Mark Hetfield

Posted on Thu, Feb 03, 2011 at 16:24 pm

The UNHCR is featuring an interview with Mark Hetfield on its homepage, in which he talks about HIAS' work over the last 130 years.

Laws to keep out terrorists also block refugees, groups say

Posted on Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 11:02 am

HIAS' Melanie Nezer was quoted in Congress.org in its coverage of the December 20th panel at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, Mislabeled as Terrorists: Government Inaction Keeps Refugee Families Apart, on which she was a panelist.

Groups press Senate on legalizing undocumented migrants

Posted on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 13:09 pm

The JTA quoted HIAS in their coverage of last week's passage of the DREAM Act in the House.

To get DREAM Act over its first hurdle, timing was everything for Democrats

Posted on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 13:05 pm

Melanie Nezer, HIAS' Senior Director for US Programs & Advocacy, was quoted in yesterday's article in The Hill about House passage of the DREAM Act.

Remembering John Lennon

Posted on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 20:02 pm

The cover story of today's New Jersey Standard is a first person account by Leon Wildes, HIAS Board member and Senior Partner of the immigration law firm of Wildes & Weinberg, P.C., about his experiences as the former immigration attorney for John Lennon.

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