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  • Syrian Refugees' Story in the Boston Globe

    May 22, 2017

    The story captures the family’s early days in the U.S. and shows the many rewards and challenges of starting a new life here—finding work, learning English and, for the older children, starting school.
  • Channeling Queen Esther’s Diplomacy For Refugees

    Mar 09, 2017

    In an op-ed published on Scribe, the Forward’s curated contributor network, Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer challenges the community “to commit to have at least one conversation with a family member, co-worker or friend on behalf of today’s refugees.”
  • LISTEN: Rabbi Jennie Rosenn Interviewed on State of Belief

    Feb 27, 2017

    Listen to HIAS Vice President for Community Engagement Rabbi Jennie Rosenn's interview on State of Belief radio with Rev. Welton Gaddy.
  • Rabbi Jennie Rosenn in Haaretz: Why American Jews Must Oppose Trump's Ban

    Feb 03, 2017

    HIAS VP of Community Engagement Rabbi Jennie Rosenn published an op-ed in Haaretz on Friday, February 3, calling on the Jewish community to stand up to President Trump’s refugee ban.
  • HIAS Leaders Set the Record Straight in Forward LTE

    Feb 02, 2017

    On January 31, the Forward published a letter to the editor charging that “under Jewish law,” HIAS is in “no position to judge” Trump’s executive order banning refugees because the organization has a “profit motive” and receives “millions of dollars” to admit refugees.

  • WATCH: HIAS President Mark Hetfield on MSNBC: Refugee Ban is "Vile"

    Jan 30, 2017

    HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield discussed the Trump Administration's refugee ban on MSNBC with host Ari Melber on Sunday, January 29, 2017.
  • The Hill: Graham, Cruz Proposal to Defund the U.N. is Misguided

    Jan 18, 2017

    "Cutting all funding to the U.N., which includes the Refugee Agency, the World Food Program, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF, would cause immeasurable suffering," writes HIAS VP for Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer.
  • Mark Hetfield Named to Forward 50

    Nov 14, 2016

    HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield was named to the Forward newspaper's annual list of “Jews who have impacted American life” for 2016. This year’s Forward 50 recognizes Hetfield for being at the forefront of the Syrian refugee relief efforts.
  • Sukkot Round-Up: Refugees Find Welcome In Sukkahs

    Oct 26, 2016

    As part of the ongoing Jewish response to the global refugee crisis, HIAS created new visual resources for congregations and families to print and hang in their sukkahs. The visuals provided an educational component to the familiar sukkot tradition, a reminder that today, 65 million refugees and displaced people still wander the earth in search of a safe place to call home.
  • Former HIAS Client and Holocaust Survivor Interviewed on Democracy Now!

    Sep 22, 2016

    Former HIAS client, Kindertransport survivor and refugee advocate Manfred Lindenbaum was interviewed live on Democracy Now!, sharing his personal experiences as a refugee and responding to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s son’s comparison of Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles.