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  • Opinion: Help Refugees and Make Your Bubbe Proud

    Mar 14, 2016

    "We cannot protect ourselves by being only for ourselves. We can only protect ourselves by protecting and implementing universal principles of human rights," writes HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield in an op-ed published by JNS.
  • Jewish Journal: This is What it Takes to Resettle a Refugee

    Feb 24, 2016

    “Six months ago, we felt we were shouting into the wind trying to get people to understand there’s a refugee crisis,” Riva Silverman, vice president of external affairs for HIAS, a Jewish refugee aid organization, told congregants at a Shabbat lunch in January at Temple Beth Am on La Cienega Boulevard.
  • Times of Israel: The Rabbi Who Rallies American Jews for the Global Refugee Cause

    Feb 07, 2016

    "The Syrian refugee crisis keeps Rabbi Jennie Rosenn up at night. However for her, the worry goes beyond personal concern to professional responsiblity. As the relatively new vice president for community engagement at the refugee assistance organization HIAS, she is tasked with mobilizing the American Jewish community in the face of the world’s largest refugee situation since World War II."
  • Baltimore Jewish Times on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

    Feb 01, 2016

    The Baltimore Jewish Times ran a story by reporter Melissa Gerr about the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis on January 29, 2016. The story quotes HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield, who told Gerr, "if people are committed to protect refugees just because they look like they do or worship like they do, that won’t really lead to anybody being protected. So we have to stand up for everybody.”
  • Opinion: A Call To Welcome Asylum Seekers From Central America

    Jan 26, 2016

    "The Jewish people descended from Hebrew slaves who took refuge in the wilderness. We fled Europe during World War II. We know the heart of the refugee yearning to be free. And so our hearts are heavy that more than 120 people have been taken into custody in the last several weeks since the Department of Homeland Security announced its plan to deport families who had sought asylum from Central American countries, including Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala," write Mark Hetfield and Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner in The Jewish Week.
  • Commentary: Setting the Record Straight on Syrian Refugees

    Jan 02, 2016

    Miller speculates that only refugees in camps are eligible for processing, that there are few Christian refugees in camps, and that therefore all resettled Syrian refugees are Muslims. These are myths. Of all the refugees resettled by HIAS across the country, so far 10 percent of the Syrian refugees resettled have been Christian, and more than 35 percent of Iraqi refugees have been Christian or other non-Muslim minorities.
  • The Jewish Week: An Open Letter To Mayor Bill de Blasio On Syrian Refugees

    Dec 23, 2015

    With the Statue of Liberty standing in New York Harbor, it is critical that New York City has a mayor who stands up for refugees. For decades, immigrants — in many cases refugees fleeing persecution in their home countries — have found refuge in New York and helped drive economic growth cultural diversity as they started new lives in safety. You reminded us earlier this month, New York is a “city of immigrants,” which is integral to the unique fabric of communities ranging from Washington Heights to Coney Island.
  • Kristof Column Cites 1,000+ Rabbi Letter

    Dec 14, 2015

    In his column in Sunday's New York Times, Nicholas Kristof cites the letter, coordinated by HIAS and signed by over 1,200 American rabbis, in support of continuing to welcome refugees to the United States. "It may be human nature to fear what we don’t understand, to allow apprehension to override compassion. But this is a time that tests our fundamental values, and let’s not surrender to base impulses," he writes.
  • Listen to Rabbi Jennie Rosenn on WNYC's The Takeaway

    Dec 09, 2015

    Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, vice president for community engagement at HIAS, appeared on The Takeaway with John Hockenberry to discuss the surge in nationalist and anti-Muslim rhetoric in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks.
  • Opinion: Taking in Refugees is Our Moral Duty

    Nov 22, 2015

    Over 2,000 years ago, someone challenged the Jewish sage Hillel to recite the entire Torah standing on one foot. Hillel did so, saying: “What is hateful to you, do not do to any other person. That is the entire Torah. All the rest is commentary. Were Hillel’s lesson universally applied today, there would be no refugees, writes HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield.

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