Posted by Gideon Aronoff on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 9:46 am
With Thanksgiving soon approaching, my thoughts are drawn to the tremendous amount I have to be grateful for – both as an American and as a person who has the privilege to serve the Jewish community and the global humanitarian movement through my work at HIAS, the American Jewish community’s international migration agency. Reflecting on HIAS’ work over the past year, I am struck by how much our country’s welcome for newcomers underscores the powerful gifts that the United States
Posted by Roberta Elliott on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 16:43 pm
(Delivered at adult bat mitzvah on November 14, 2009)
So many things interested me in this parsha, but I have chosen to focus my remarks on the subject of kindness to guests/welcoming the stranger. First a little background:
At the beginning of the parsha, Avraham buys a cave as his family's burial ground - in perpetuity. He purchases it so there will be no question whatsoever of his and his descendents’ ownership and inheritance of the land itself. In other words,
Posted by Ruben Shimonov on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 17:41 pm
As I sit behind my laptop on this crisp autumn morning in Seattle and check my email, I come across a friendly message from a person whom I met across the country last month. "I was wondering if you would be interested in writing a guest post for the HIAS blog about your experiences on the Advocacy Mission," the email reads. There is not one moment of deliberation on my end; I immediately know that this is something I must
Posted by Genever McBain on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 13:30 pm
On Monday evening, October 26, at 9 pm EDT, the current @HIASimmigration account will be moved to @HIASadvocacy. At that time the @HIASadvocacy name will be changed to @HIASimmigration.
What does this mean for you?
- If you’re currently following the @HIASadvocacy account you won’t have to do anything, but will notice the account’s name change.
- If you’re currently following @HIASimmigration, you should either follow @HIASadvocacy in advance of tonight’s change or will have
Posted by Rebecca Wener on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 11:42 am
My summer as an intern with HIAS in Ecuador provoked many of the emotions that I learned were common to refugee work. It was often difficult, emotional, or simply unexpected or confusing, but also deeply, profoundly moving.
First, I spent much of my time working with children who had come with their parents to the HIAS offices. I quickly came to understand this was a regular need in the office, but was not always filled due to a
Posted by Gideon Aronoff on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 15:53 pm
Along with Americans across the country, we at HIAS today are mourning the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy.
Many people aren’t aware of his ongoing commitment to immigrant causes over the years, yet no member of Congress has fought harder than Senator Kennedy for comprehensive immigration reform. Ever since entering the Senate, he worked to protect refugees fleeing persecution and to welcome newcomers from around the world to join in America’s future. In fact, it was his leadership on the 1965
Posted by Mark Hetfield on Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 11:59 am
At today's meeting Secretary Napolitano proved by a show of hands that representatives from more than 100 faith, business, union, and human rights groups meeting in the White House on Comprehensive Immigration Reform all agreed on one thing - the Immigration laws of the United States - as written - do not work.
The existing laws keep families apart, do not respond to labor market needs, and do not provide sufficient disincentives for those unscrupulous employers who seek competitive
Posted by Gideon Aronoff on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 10:42 am
I’m just back from Washington, DC where earlier this week I joined clergy and religious leaders at an event, organized by HIAS and other partners, to address the broken state of our immigration system. Representing Jewish, Catholic, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, and Unitarian organizations, the group came together out of a shared belief that people of faith in America want real reform of our immigration laws to end our current de-facto illegal immigration system – one that leads to violence
Posted by Gideon Aronoff on Thu, Jul 02, 2009 at 9:42 am
As we prepare to celebrate the 233rd birthday of the United States, my thoughts go to the role that HIAS is playing in the lives of today’s refugees and immigrants – and in our country as well.
A Yeshiva student, originally from Yemen, who HIAS recently successfully represented in an asylum case, made a moving statement on the promise of freedom in America. He declared:
“I would like to learn English and be able to participate in American society to the fullest, and
Posted by Gideon Aronoff on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 10:09 am
The Talmud instructs us that To Save One Life is to Save the Entire World. At HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, we witnessed a powerful example of this eternal Jewish teaching earlier this week when a year-long HIAS advocacy campaign to reunite a four-year-old Darfuri girl with her parents came to a joyful conclusion. This young child, Wesal Adam, was separated from her mother and father for much of her life because of a tragic
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