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  • Katie Couric Interviews HIAS VP on Syrian Refugee Screenings

    Nov 18, 2015

    Melanie Nezer, vice president of policy & advocacy for HIAS and chair of Refugee Council U.S.A., spoke with Katie Couric on Yahoo News Live about the Syrian refugee crisis. Watch it now.
  • Wall Street Journal: Republican Governors Oppose WH on Syrian Refugees

    Nov 17, 2015

    “The reason why it’s taking us so long to process these refugees is precisely because of the thorough vetting that the United States government is doing,” HIAS President Mark Hetfield told the Wall Street Journal.
  • A Time For Mourning And Clarity – But Not For Scapegoating

    Nov 17, 2015

    In a November 17, 2015 op-ed for The Jewish Week, Mark Hetfield writes that, "as Americans and as Jews, we all stand united in our condemnation of these monstrous acts of terror and of the mass murderers who committed them." However, "the world needs to stay focused on fighting terrorism and hatred, not on building walls of brick and paper to keep refugees out."
  • HIAS on the Radio: In the Arena

    Nov 13, 2015

    Riva Silverman appeared on In the Arena, a weekly radio program covering current events from a Catholic perspective, to talk about the ongoing refugee crisis.
  • Opinion: Resettling Refugees and Maintaining Security Are Not Mutually Exclusive

    Nov 12, 2015

    The Refugees Admissions Program "was originally intended to serve as a rescue mechanism, to bring refugees out of danger to a place where they can live in freedom with dignity," HIAS CEO Mark Hetfield writes in The Hill's Congress Blog. "Today, however, it generally takes over 18 months for a refugee to be resettled to the U.S. once he or she is accepted for processing."
  • HIAS Op-Ed: Syrian Refugees Are Not Jewish, But We Are

    Oct 28, 2015

    An opinon piece by Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, vice president for community engagement at HIAS. "Photographs of refugees on trains desperately trying to cross European borders triggered a deep collective Jewish memory," she writes.
  • WNYC: What Europe's Refugee Crisis Says About America

    Oct 20, 2015

    WNYC spoke with HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield, as well as author Lev Golinkin, who was resettled by HIAS when his family fled persecution in the former Soviet Union, about the ongoing refugee crisis.
  • Refugees on NPR: Syrian Family Rebuilds In America's Heartland

    Oct 20, 2015

    Ari Shapiro highlights the story of the Al-Awad family, as well as the work being done by US Together, HIAS' partner in Toledo, Ohio, on "All Things Considered".
  • Washington Jewish Week: The Jewish Response to the Global Refugee Crisis

    Oct 15, 2015

    For the first time in Jewish history, our community is mobilizing in force to help refugees — not because they are Jewish, but because we are. The growing response currently underway in the Jewish community, from rabbis to lay leaders, organizational heads to members of our local congregations, reflects an appreciation for this major moment in our history.
  • Forward: Jews Push Washington to Admit More Syrian Refugees, Even as Some Worry About Backlash

    Oct 02, 2015

    At the end of her Rosh Hashanah sermon, Rabbi Elyse Frishman turned to congregants and asked them to take out their cell phones and start dialing. On this day, the cell phone would serve as a shofar and direct the community’s pleadings — not to God but to the White House.

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