Putting it in Perspective: Crossing Cultures
Posted by Thuy-Anh Vo on Tue, Jun 05, 2012 at 10:12 am
In March, I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the 2012 HIAS Board of Directors and Young Leaders Advocacy Mission in Washington, DC. It was inspiring to see individuals who are passionate about the same issues get together to promote HIAS’ advocacy goals and to further educate the Washington policy community about HIAS’ work. It was also incredible to see the program come together after weeks of planning and finalizing details.
The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society is an
Putting it in Perspective: A Call to Advocacy
Posted by Thuy-Anh Vo on Mon, Jun 04, 2012 at 16:22 pm
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle." –MLK
If you had asked me what I thought I would be doing right now five years ago, I would never say that I would be studying in Washington DC, meeting important elected officials such as Supreme Court Justice Alito or Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Lamar Smith, interning at an immigration advocacy organization, doing my own Amerasian advocacy work, and attending a
Putting it in Perspective: The Promise of Passover
Posted by Jeremy Hiken on Mon, Jun 04, 2012 at 16:08 pm
Every year at our Passover Seders, we are supposed to “see ourselves as if we personally left Egypt.” Admittedly, it can be difficult for Jews today to connect with an event that took place millennia ago. Nonetheless, that does not mean that the Passover message is not relevant today. Take, for example, the plight of African refugees in Israel, many of whom were forced to flee their home countries as a result of religious and ethnic persecution.
Putting it in Perspective: Liberty and Justice for All?
Posted by Jeremy Hiken on Thu, May 03, 2012 at 16:54 pm
Last week, I had the chance to attend part of a 48-hour vigil leading up to an Interfaith Immigration Coalition rally held the same day as the Supreme Court heard arguments on SB 1070. The law, enacted in 2010, is an attempt to drive undocumented immigrants out of Arizona.
As a student living in DC, I have seen my fair share of protests over the past few years, but I have never been to one which brought
Putting it in Perspective: Partisan Fighters and American Policies
Posted by Jeremy Hiken on Thu, May 03, 2012 at 16:49 pm
The Holocaust is unquestionably one of the greatest tragedies both in Jewish and human history. Yet from its pain and destruction we hear stories of bravery and heroism. For example, the Bielski Otriad was formed by Tuvia Bielski, a Polish Jew who fled to the forest with his brothers after seeing his parents killed and his home destroyed. Not only did the group include fighters, but it also included children and the elderly. Under Bielski’s leadership,
Putting it in Perspective: The Child Tax Credit – Dignity for America’s Children
Posted by Jeremy Hiken on Thu, May 03, 2012 at 16:07 pm
As a third-year college student in Washington, I see people on the street begging for money every day. While the majority of these people are individuals, impoverished families are not uncommon. It is of course hard to see individuals struggling to get by, but it is even harder to see children deprived of the opportunities I had growing up. As a result, I became interested in what is being done to help alleviate the dire situations of
Putting it in Perspective: Tragedy in Toulouse – Coming together to Coexist
Posted by Jeremy Hiken on Thu, May 03, 2012 at 13:52 pm
The heartbreaking and gruesome murders of four innocent Jews in Toulouse, France in March left the world in shock. There is absolutely no excuse for any person to kill innocent children and a loving father whose only “crime” is being Jewish. Before the murders at the Jewish school, the gunman killed three French soldiers and left one in a coma. Two of the soldiers were Muslim. Rightfully so, this tragedy has been condemned by Christians, Muslims,
Posted by Liza Lieberman on Tue, Apr 03, 2012 at 17:26 pm
HIAS was proud to partner with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) in TribeFest 2012, which convened more than 1,500 young Jews (ages 22-45) from around North America for a three day thought-provoking, high-energy event in Las Vegas from March 25-27. With main stage speakers, break out workshops, and live entertainment events, the program covered issues related to politics, philanthropy, business, entertainment, and culture in the Jewish world.
Speakers ranged from celebrities like Rachel Dratch of Saturday Night
Posted by Mark Hetfield on Mon, Feb 06, 2012 at 16:56 pm
Remarks by Mark Hetfield, HIAS Senior Vice-President for Policy and Programs
Israel is an inspiring place, and you are in this room today because each one of you is an inspiring person.
HIAS loves Israel. Prior to 1948, immigration to the United States was the biggest priority for the American Jewish community and for HIAS. Since 1881 HIAS has been the international migration agency of the American Jewish community. It was, and remains, the mission of HIAS to keep the golden door
Posted by Lee Gordon & Mark Hetfield on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm
Between 1933 and 1945, nearly 100,000 Jewish refugees from Europe escaped Nazism by fleeing to Latin
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