A Jewish Response to the Immigration Crisis: Learning from the Past, Rising to the Moment
This event is free and open to the public.
Mark Hetfield, President & CEO of HIAS will discuss the significant changes in U.S. immigration policy that include the banning of immigrants from entire countries, new limitations on the granting of asylum, and family separation. In this new climate, what are our Jewish moral responsibilities to refugees and asylum seekers? Mr. Hetfield will propose a Jewish response anchored in Jewish law and Jewish history.
As expert in refugee and immigration policy, Mr. Hatfield's 28 year career began with HIAS in Rome, as well as posts in the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, DC and Haiti.
Mr. Hetfield has led the transformation of HIAS from an organization focussed on Jewish immigrants to a global agency guided by Jewish values that assists and resettles refugees of all faiths and ethnicities and is a major partner of the United Nations Refugee Agency and the U.S. Department of State.
Please join HIAS, Congregation Ohr Shalom, Congregation Beth Hatikvah, and Temple Sinai for this important conversation.