Past Events


Join the Jewish response to the refugee crisis.



06 Nov

HIAS Direct Service Volunteer Program: Volunteer Information Webinar
Whether you are an experienced educator or attorney, have language skills, or are interested in welcoming newcomers into your community, we invite you to take the first step towards becoming a HIAS Legal Volunteer and to join our Information Session Webinar on the evening of Wednesday, November 6th.
03 Nov

Second Annual Welcoming the Stranger to the Table
The Jewish Community Refugee Initiative invites you to hear local and national speakers address the global refugee crisis and to learn how you can help refugees and asylum seekers in Charlotte.
03 Nov

Refugees in America: Stories of Courage, Resilience, and Hope in Their Own Words

Lee Bycel’s new book, Refugees in America, gives voice to the real people at the center of the immigration debate by focusing on the stories of individuals from different countries—from a 93-year-old Polish grandmother who came to the United States after surviving Auschwitz, to a young undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who became an American college graduate, despite being born impoverished and blind. Bycel’s insights provide historical context for the moving first-person accounts that tell the story of human resilience, suffering, and determination.

01 Nov

Welcoming the Stranger: Kabbalat Shabbat at Temple Chai
Join Mark Hetfield, President and CEO at HIAS, to learn more about Jewish displacement in history and the current global refugee crisis, and explore how Jewish values call on us to respond.
27 Oct

Humans, Not Infiltrators: Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the US and Israel
What are the US’ and Israel’s responsibilities towards asylum seekers? Who are the people fighting on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees, and how does their work preserve democratic and Jewish values? Join us at the J Street National Conference to learn more.
17 Oct

Pursuing Asylum Defensively: Preparing for your Individual Hearing Part II.

HIAS and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) are once again partnering to offer a webinar training, Pursuing Asylum Defensively: Preparing for your Individual Hearing Part II. This training will focus on your appearance at your client’s individual hearing, and will cover trial advocacy, witness preparation, and what to expect when you are before the Immigration Judge. Webinar information will be circulated to registered attendees a week before the training. A recorded version of this training will be available at a later date. 

16 Oct

HIAS-Freedom For Immigrants Letter Writing Program
Join HIAS for a monthly program offering compassion and solidarity to asylum seekers in detention through a formal letter writing program with individuals who have requested correspondence, helping them access hope and connection.
12 Oct

Eight Nights: Staged Reading of a New Play by Jennifer Maisel to benefit HIAS

8 Nights of Eight Nights is a series of staged readings of a play by Jennifer Maisel on 8 different nights in 8 different cities, to raise funds and awareness for HIAS following the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh.

Donations can be made directly to HIAS here.