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An Early Seder Bonds European Jewish Youth Activists

Feb 28, 2020

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Jewish youth activists from across Europe gathered at an event in Brussels co-hosted by HIAS Europe to discuss today’s refugees and contemporary challenges to the right to international protection. February 17, 2020.

(Fran Friedrich)

Ilan Cohn, Director of HIAS Europe, helps run the seder.

(Fran Friedrich)

Bini Guttmann, President of EUJS, talks to the group.

(Fran Friedrich)

Andrew Lane, Director of the Quaker Council of European Affairs, talks to the group.

(Fran Friedrich)

Celia Gomez, HIAS Europe Program Officer, explains refugee issues to the group.

(Fran Friedrich)

The European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) and HIAS Europe at the event on February 17.

(Fran Friedrich)

The European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) and HIAS Europe brought together 25 Jewish youth activists from across Europe on February 17 to learn about today’s refugees and contemporary challenges to the right to international protection. The Jewish students and young leaders came to Brussels as part of an activism seminar, consisting of trainings and meetings with NGOs, European Commission Officials, and Members of the European Parliament. Using the HIAS Haggadah the students made a seder and discussed what young European Jews could have an influence over. They also considered potential ways to get involved in refugee causes, such as serving as mentors to refugee students or facilitating their integration on campus. “We reflected on the responsibility we hold, as young Jews, to bring help and relief to those who need it,” said Elias Dray, an EUJS member.