Past Events

On Passover, as we retell the story of our search for freedom and refuge, we recall that we are commanded to welcome the stranger. Join Mark Hetfield, president and CEO at HIAS, to learn more about the global refugee crisis and to explore how Jewish values and history call on us to respond – both here in the U.S., and internationally. HIAS is the world’s oldest, and only Jewish, global refugee agency.
Join Freedom’s Feast: a sacred second night Passover Seder led by Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Zen faith leaders, along with local activists, performing artists and musicians, in a shared celebration of justice, liberation and human dignity. Inspired by our ancient narratives, Freedom’s Feast features highlights from the rituals of Seder, interactive storytelling, live music and prayer, a festive feast (kosher for Passover options available), contemplation, conversation and a call to action for unity around the world.
In June 2016, Mutasim Ali became the first and only Sudanese national to be granted refugee status by Israel. Join Ali and other distinguished panelists for a discussion on the Jewish responsibility to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, both in the US and in Israel.
Founded in 1881 originally to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Eastern Europe, HIAS is guided by Jewish values and experience to address the global refugee crisis--of which women make up 51% worldwide. Join Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer (CC ‘05), Director of Education and Community Engagement at HIAS, to learn about how HIAS works with refugees through a Jewish lens, how perception impacts policy, and how to get involved with the American Jewish movement for refugees.
This event is open to all young professionals interested in standing up for and protecting refugees and immigrants in NYC. During the Seder, we will both tell and hear stories of immigration and exile from the time of Egypt through to today, and learn how we can take action to make a difference.
Join the Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont & Emanu-El community for an informational and inspirational program weaving together speakers of different faiths, modified Passover seder elements, and specific ways to take action in response to the global refugee crisis.