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Los Angeles Jewish Community Unites in Support of Refugees

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Mar 23, 2018

Blog Post

Gabe Cahn, HIAS.org

Refugee supporters participate in an organizational fair as part of the LA Jews for Refugees Assembly at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, California on March 22, 2018. The Assembly was convened by HIAS in partnership with the emerging Los Angeles Jews for Refugees Coalition, and brought together more than 150 people to call on the administration to meet its obligations to protect individuals fleeing persecution and violence.

(Shlomit Levy Bard)

A participant views a display on refugees seeking safety by boat at the LA Jews for Refugees Assembly at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, California, March 22, 2018.

(Shlomit Levy Bard)

A representative of IsraAID speaks to a participant at the LA Jews for Refugees Assembly at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, California, March 22, 2018.

(Shlomit Levy Bard)

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield addresses the audience at the LA Jews for Refugees Assembly at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, California, March 22, 2018.

(Shlomit Levy Bard)

Over 150 gather to hear speakers at the LA Jews for Refugees Assembly at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, California, March 22, 2018.

(Shlomit Levy Bard)

Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu addresses the audience at the LA Jews for Refugees Assembly at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, California, March 22, 2018.

(Shlomit Levy Bard)

From L to R: Pini Herman, Temple Emanuel congregant and member of Assembly planning committee; Bella Yurkovvetsky, Temple Israel of Hollywood congregant and member of Assembly planning committee; Tyson Roberts, Temple Beth Am congregant and member of Assembly planning committee; Farnoush Abrishami, former Iranian refugee; Isabel Burton, director of community engagement programs at HIAS; Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS; Amani Matabaro Tom, founding director of Action for the Welfare of Women and Children in the DRC; and Mario Fuentes, lead organizer at LA Voice.

(Shlomit Levy Bard)

As the Trump Administration welcomes an historically low number of refugees into the United States, a coalition of over 30 Jewish congregations and organizations gathered on Thursday, March 22 in Los Angeles for a community-wide show of support for refugees.

The LA Jews for Refugees Assembly was convened by HIAS in partnership with the emerging Los Angeles Jews for Refugees Coalition, and brought together more than 150 people at Temple Beth Am to call on the administration to meet its obligations to protect individuals fleeing persecution and violence.