This letter will be translated and delivered to refugees resettled by HIAS and our affiliates this year to let them know that the Jewish community welcomes them and wishes them well as they begin to rebuild their lives in the United States.
We want you to know that we welcome you to your new country – the United States of America.
We are so glad you are here. We are proud to be your neighbors, coworkers, classmates, and community members. We are proud to be your fellow Americans. We welcome you, and we stand with you.
As American Jews, many of our own families and ancestors came here as refugees, seeking safety from persecution and violence just as you have. When our families arrived here, most Americans welcomed us, but there were many who did not. Today we are seeing this again: the vast majority of Americans welcome newcomers; but some are afraid and say negative things.
We want you to know that we will always work to make sure you find the same safety, dignity, and freedom that our families and ancestors found in this country. We will remind all Americans that refugees are part of what makes this country great. We will continue to do all we can to create a welcoming space for refugees and to support you as you enjoy the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness which is fundamental to this country.
We welcome you to our country.
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