Jewish Holidays

May Our Lamentations Open Our Hearts to Welcome

Jul 14, 2021

This Tisha B’Av, as the Jewish community commemorates the destruction of both ancient temples in Jerusalem and the exile of the Jewish people, we mourn the losses refugees and asylum seekers have suffered.

A Message From HIAS For Passover 2020

As we retell the story of the Jewish people’s journey from oppression to freedom, we think of those made even more vulnerable by the global pandemic: today’s refugees and asylum seekers.

Actor Mandy Patinkin Tells HIAS Assembly What Refugees Have Taught Him

Dec 15, 2020

Actors and activists Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody spoke to the Jews For Refugees Assembly about their experiences meeting refugees and the need to welcome them to the United States once again.

Hearing and Heeding the Shofar's Call

Sep 16, 2020

The High Holidays are always a time of reflection and renewal, but this year they come at a critical moment to step up and welcome refugees.

Celebrating Passover During a Pandemic: Same, But Different

Apr 07, 2020

This year, instead of gathering for Seders, millions of Jews are separated from their families during Passover, as the world continues to grapple with COVID-19.

SLIDESHOW: Jewish Groups Rally to #CloseTheCamps

Aug 13, 2019

Jewish groups across the country marked Tisha b’Av, the traditional Jewish day of mourning, with vigils and protests to demand an end to the mistreatment of immigrants and refugees.

WATCH: An Inspirational Song for Shavuot

Jun 07, 2019

Watch an inspirational song about refugees by REVIVAL as the holiday of Shavuot approaches.
Mark Hetfield Yom HaShoah message.

WATCH: A Yom HaShoah Message from Mark Hetfield

May 01, 2019

HIAS President and CEO Mark J. Hetfield shares a message for Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), when we recall what happens to people who are not allowed to make the flight for safety and freedom, and reminds us of the imperative to welcome those who flee hatred.

New HIAS Haggadah Ready for Your Seder Table

Apr 07, 2019

The new refugee-themed full HIAS Hagaddah is ready for the Passover table.

How Hanukkah Happened for HIAS (in D.C.)

Dec 10, 2018

Last week the HIAS D.C.-based Community Engagement team participated in a number of events celebrating the holiday of Hanukkah.

On Wednesday, December 5, HIAS joined EntryPointDC and other community partners for a 20s and 30s Hanukkah Happy Hour to celebrate the fourth night of Hanukkah.

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