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  • Ukraine, Afghan Resettlement Top of Mind for Refugee Shabbat

    Mar 03, 2022

    With hundreds of Jewish communities around the world preparing to participate in Refugee Shabbat on March 4-5, the ongoing crises in Ukraine and Afghanistan loom large.
  • VIDEO: HIAS Team in Poland Assessing Ukrainian Refugee Needs

    Mar 02, 2022

    As Ukrainian refugees pour over the border into Poland and other neighboring countries, HIAS is on the ground and looking for ways to help them. HIAS Europe Director Ilan Cohn reports.
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    VIDEO: How HIAS Partner R2P is Responding to Ukraine Crisis

    Feb 28, 2022

    Alexander Galkin, Director of Ukrainian NGO Right to Protection (R2P), discusses how the organization has adapted and is responding to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
  • Ukrainian Refugees Need Our Help; Here’s How Jews Can Act Now

    Feb 27, 2022

    HIAS CEO Mark Hetfield, writes in The Forward newspaper: The crisis in Ukraine poses an unprecedented challenge. A country of 45 million people has been invaded by a military superpower. We all have a role to play and sacrifices to make.
  • Last Evacuated Afghans Leave U.S. Bases, But More Work Remains

    Feb 22, 2022

    Just days after the six month anniversary of the fall of Kabul, the last Afghan refugees who made it to America have finally left U.S. military bases. This historic moment was just part of a larger — and still ongoing — historic response by resettlement agencies and communities across the U.S., which includes HIAS and its affiliate network.
  • Welcome Circles Bolster Resettlement Capacity at Critical Moment

    Feb 16, 2022

    Afghan families have started to arrive at HIAS Welcome Circles, a network of synagogues and local Jewish organizations taking on the responsibility of resettling refugees in their communities.
  • Resettled Afghans Find New Lives and New Schools in Philadelphia

    Feb 10, 2022

    The first day of high school is always hard. It’s doubly difficult if you are not fluent in the language and barely know where you live.

    That was where 15-year-old Ali Wahaj Mosakhil found himself in early December, trying to navigate from his new home in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Olney to Samuel Fels High School in Northeast Philadelphia.

  • From Parwan Province to Ohio, Blazing a Trail

    Feb 09, 2022

    The late ‘90s sitcom “The Drew Carey Show” was filmed in the comedian’s hometown, each episode opening with the upbeat anthem “Cleveland Rocks.” With pride, the sitcom tapped into the city’s broad seam of self-deprecating humor. It was clear that locals loved their town and, while happy to laugh at it themselves, would defend it against any critic.

  • PODCAST: Seeking Asylum in Israel

    Feb 03, 2022

    In the latest episode of Crossing Borders, the HIAS podcast, we learn about the complicated issue of asylum in Israel.
  • Stories from the Border: U.S. Policy Drives Unsafe Migration

    Feb 02, 2022

    Current U.S. asylum policies have exacerbated the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to experts speaking on the HIAS webinar: “Stories from the Border,” January 27.

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