Posted on Wed, Apr 05, 2006 at 14:40 pm
The “Secure and Safe Detention and Asylum Act” Would Honor U.S. History of Welcoming Asylum Seekers Fleeing Persecution
(Washington, D.C.)- The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) calls on Congress as it considers critical immigration reform legislation in the coming days to use this unique opportunity to fix longstanding problems with U.S. asylum detention policies and practices. Senators Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) have proposed a solution that would ensure that individuals fleeing persecution and seeking safe haven in the
Posted on Mon, Feb 27, 2006 at 14:35 pm
(New York City)- Jerome S. Teller, Chair of the Board of HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) announced today that Gideon Aronoff has been elected by the Board of Trustees to serve as president and chief executive officer. Aronoff joined HIAS in 2000 and has served with distinction as its vice president for governmental relations and public policy and director of the organization's Washington, D.C. office.
HIAS, the country's oldest refugee, rescue and resettlement agency currently celebrating its 125th anniversary, is delighted
Posted on Fri, Jul 07, 2006 at 14:03 pm
by Gideon Aronoff, HIAS President and CEO
In 2006 we celebrated our quasquicentennial – that’s 125 years of rescue, resettlement, and reunion. One hundred and twenty-five is a remarkable milestone for any organization, but for HIAS and the American Jewish community, it was an accomplishment of which we were immensely proud.
We derived our mission from the teaching Kol Yisrael Arevim Ze ba Ze (all Jews are responsible, one for the other), the Torah’s injunction to welcome the stranger and
Posted on Tue, Jul 11, 2006 at 13:57 pm
Set for Wed., July 12 in Washington
Hundreds of national religious leaders will converge on Capitol Hill Wed., July 12, to discuss the impact of faith perspectives on the immigration policy debate. “Faith and Migration: Diverse Perspectives from Religious Leaders” will examine the bipartisan, religious grounds for comprehensive immigration reform. Speakers include Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, Reverend Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Rabbi Steve Gutow, of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
The conference continues the momentum of
Posted on Fri, Aug 04, 2006 at 13:52 pm
(New York City)– Hoping to help their fellow immigrants to ease the process of integration into American society, representatives of more than 40 Russian-speaking grass roots organizations are expected at a public forum August 25 in Brighton Beach.
The forum, “Semiannual Report of Civic and Voter Education Initiative,” is free and open to the public, and is scheduled for Friday, August 25, at 11:30 a.m. at Restaurant National, 273 Brighton Beach Avenue.
Civic and Voter Education Initiative (CVEI), is an ambitious educational
Posted on Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 13:50 pm
Awards are a “Mitzvah” from donors
(Los Angeles)– Thirty-two immigrant students from all over the world now living in California will be awarded HIAS scholarships in an Aug. 22nd ceremony at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
HIAS – the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society – will award the scholarships to recognize the students’ academic achievements, financial need and community involvement. In all, HIAS will award $225,000 – all of it from private donations – at ceremonies in Los Angeles and New
Posted on Mon, Aug 21, 2006 at 13:47 pm
by Gideon Aronoff, HIAS President and CEO
In an absurd twist, America’s anti-terrorism laws are now being used to deny protection to refugees fleeing some of the most brutal regimes and violent conflicts on earth. Shockingly, under today’s laws, Jews who bravely resisted Nazi terror—and who as a result were among those who survived the war—would have faced exclusion when they sought refuge in the U.S. Under the law, any individual who has provided what the law terms “material support” to
Nearly 300 National, Regional, Local Groups Urge Congress To Preserve Lifeline to Elderly And Disabled Refugees
Posted on Mon, Oct 16, 2006 at 13:38 pm
A HIAS-led Effort
(Washington, D.C.)– Faced with the crisis that thousands of elderly and disabled refugees have lost and will continue to lose their only means of subsistence, HIAS – the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society – has led hundreds of organizations in calling on Congress to take action.
The letter was signed by 75 national organizations, including Catholic Charities USA, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and National Council on Aging, and 215 local and regional organizations from 38 states. In
Posted on Mon, Oct 16, 2006 at 13:26 pm
Jonathan M. Stein is general counsel at Community Legal Services, Inc., in Philadelphia
Gideon Aronoff is president and CEO of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in New York
“Give me...Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
Shmuel Kaplan, an 80-old amputee, breathed a sigh of relief when in 1997 the United States granted him political asylum after he fled anti-Semitism in the former Soviet Union. Two years later, we similarly received the Iranian boy Rouzbeh Aliaghaei and his parents.
Posted on Fri, Oct 27, 2006 at 13:20 pm
A Special Party to be Held Nov. 9
(New York City)- Last year, when Norman Rabinovich discovered his connection to HIAS – the agency that had helped his family migrate to America from Latvia in 1981, when he was only 3 and a half – he knew he had to become involved with the venerable, 125-year-old organization.
The graphic designer, who now lives in the East Village, contributed his design skills to the NYC Immigrant Guide 2006/7 – a book
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