Join us to learn from refugee experts and partners in the field and to access educational and training opportunities. Please check back often as we expand and update our offerings.
Briefing Calls, Webinars, and Trainings
Join HIAS experts and our partners in the fields of refugee protection and Jewish social justice for timely updates on the pressing issues that displaced people face. Upcoming offerings include:
- Defending Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Trump Era: Advocacy at the U.S.- Mexico Border. For Attorneys only! Tuesday, June 30, 3:00pm to 4:30pm ET
- Vote for Welcome Training Webinar. Wednesday, July 1, 4:00pm ET
For additional offerings, please visit our event page.
For more ways to take action for refugees and asylum seekers, please visit our Take Action page.
Welcome Campaign Congregation Opportunities
In this 3-part webinar series, HIAS Welcome Campaign congregations can learn about the global refugee and asylum crisis, explore Jewish texts that guide our response, and craft an action plan for your congregation. Each participating congregation will commit to bringing at least 5 congregants to each session in order to keep your action plan moving once the series concludes. Please email Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up. Mutually convenient dates will be chosen once we reach critical mass.
Check here to see if your congregation is on the list and/or for more information on joining.
Book and Film Club
Join us for a guided book or film discussion (alternating monthly between each medium) with a HIAS staff member on Zoom. Guided discussions will take place in the middle of each month; check back here to find out the date and book/film the month before. Discussion groups will be capped at 20 participants.
On Friday, July 17th from 12-1pm ET, we will discuss the film "Refugee" (2018, Directed by Joyce Chen and Emily Moore, Starring Aicha Ba). Register below to receive an email with the meeting Zoom link a few days prior to the discussion. You can watch the film on Amazon Prime (with an account) or on Vimeo Pro (rent or buy). Contact Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer with any questions.
- Click here to register for the discussion of the film "Refugee" on Friday, July 17th at 12pm ET
For those interested in starting their own book or film club, we encourage you to use the HIAS Book and Film List to identify your selections. Next, invite a group of 5-10 friends to join you in reading or watching your selection. Set a date 4-6 weeks out to have a Zoom discussion of your book or film. Register your book or film club here.
Coffee Talk Online
Join the Jews4Refugees Facebook group and look out for the weekly “Coffee Talk” thread to discuss short articles and films with other activists to stay up to date on the issues confronting displaced people.
For updates on HIAS' COVID-19 response, click here.