Posted by Gideon Aronoff on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 17:06 pm
As we prepare to celebrate our country’s 235th birthday on July 4th, I wanted to share one of my favorite pieces of the “Torah of Migration”–-an excerpt from President George Washington’s letter to the leaders of the Touro Synagogue of Newport, RI. In his 1790 letter President Washington wrote:
“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation.
Putting it in Perspective: South Sudanese Independence
Posted by Jenny Fernandez on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm
When I started my internship at HIAS, I was sure that I could not possibly become any more excited about or interested in international events. In the past two years I’ve been to Hill hearings, taken classes on international relations and politics, and met with representatives from several different government agencies. However, even though I’ve only been at HIAS for three weeks, I’ve been introduced to an incredibly personal side of international relations through HIAS’ work on behalf
Putting Things into Perspective
Posted by Ilanit Sisso on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 9:41 am
After World War II, when much of the world had closed its doors to the Jewish people, Venezuela was one of the few countries that welcomed Jews from around the world with open arms. Growing up, I always heard the story of the Caribia and the Koenigstein, two German steamboats filled with Jewish refugees that had been allowed to enter into the country after they had been rejected from a number of other ports. The most notable part of this
Posted by Igor Khayet on Mon, May 09, 2011 at 17:12 pm
Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to celebrate Pesach in San Francisco, California. I've been living here for the past two months as part of a fellowship program for the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship and I was worried about finding a place to have a seder. As it turns out, one of my closest friends from Kansas City has relatives in San Francisco and graciously invited me to their house.
I could never have imagined the unlikely connection that I
Posted by Caroline Pacht on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 17:20 pm
A year ago, if someone had told me that I would be on a plane going to Africa, I would have never believed them. Yet, this once-in-a lifetime opportunity presented itself when I was accepted to the HIAS Mission to Kenya and Uganda. It was an experience that I will never forget.
We touched down in Nairobi, Kenya, and were greeted by representatives from HRTK (HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya) and HIAS USA. At HRTK, we learned about the process
How a stranger learned to welcome the stranger
Posted by Alison Karfeld on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 14:07 pm
I am a most unlikely representative of the Jewish community. To say the least. I am the child of a Christmas baby.
We have five boxes of Santa Claus-esque paraphernalia, gleaned over many decades, that we haul out every year in the same way you probably haul out your great-grandma's menorah. But of course, we stop short of having a tree... because we're Jewish. ;) Once in my student teaching, I was asked to lead a lesson on Hannukah; I turned
Posted by Gideon Aronoff on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 15:04 pm
The entire HIAS family—board and staff—mourns the untimely death of our immediate past chair, Michael B. Rukin, 70 of Boston, who died last Friday following a stroke. An early activist in the Soviet Jewry movement, Michael first came on the HIAS board in 1986, completing that term in 1998. Then, in 2003, he was re-elected to his second term. So, except for a brief five-year interlude, he has been a towering presence on the HIAS board for the better part
The Program that Saved my Jewish Education
Posted by Larry Schooler on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 15:01 pm
It’s only been a few weeks since I became involved with HIAS and the Young Leaders, but already I feel a deep sense of passion for their work – from the start, HIAS’ issues resonated with me. During my recent participation in HIAS’ Advocacy Mission – where I interacted directly with policymakers in Congress, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), and others – I realized how closely these issues are tied
Posted by Leon Wildes on Thu, Dec 09, 2010 at 18:59 pm
Leon Wildes, HIAS Board member and Senior Partner of the immigration law firm of Wildes & Weinberg, P.C., recounts his experiences as the former immigration attorney for John Lennon in this first person account, published in the New Jersey Standard.
Reflections from Last Year’s HIAS Advocacy Mission
Posted by Sanaz Meshkinfam on Wed, Dec 01, 2010 at 16:15 pm
I am a proud Jewish Iranian American. At the age of 9, I, along with my family, immigrated to the U.S. from Iran. Although my family was resettled through a similar organization like HIAS, the majority of the rest of my friends and relatives resettled in the U.S. through the assistance provided by HIAS. In the last 10 years, I have been involved in almost every single political activism group and in civic, national, and global politics working on political
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