Jewish Holidays


18 Mar

Washington Hebrew Congregation Presents: Passover Expo and Amram Scholar Series Lecture
Join comedy-writing legend Alan Zweibel as he discusses his new book, For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them, an irreverent parody of the traditional Haggadah. Swing by the Passover Expo before or after the lecture to learn more HIAS' Passover seder resources and action opportunities.

SLIDESHOW: Hanukkah Events Raise Awareness for Refugees

Dec 15, 2017

To celebrate light in the darkness. To rededicate ourselves to building a better world.

New Refugee-Themed Children's Book Raises Awareness and Empathy

Dec 08, 2017

Rosie and Warda and the Big Tent, a refugee-themed children’s book, is a story about the importance of acknowledging and honoring cultural differences while understanding that we also all share much more in common than we may initially realize.
14 Dec

The People's Chanukah Party
Rededicate. Rejoice. Reclaim. Come celebrate light in the darkness and rededicate ourselves to building a better world. Featuring DJ Nes Gadol, Chanu-logues by Former White House Staff. menorah lighting with a minyan of rabbis.

Rabbis Build Sukkah Outside Trump Tower to Promote Welcome

Oct 10, 2017

The symbolic shelter was intended to send a timely and distinctly Jewish message in response to a slew of anti-immigrant policies proposed over the past several months.
02 Aug

We Remember: Global LGBTQ Communities In Crisis
In symbolic tribute to the ritual observance of Tisha B'Av, we will mark this day by examining the current climate of persecution targeting LGBTQ communities around the world, including the recent wave of detention and torture of gay men in the Chechnya region of Russia, and the impact of the global LGBTQ refugee crisis created by factors such as systematic executions of LGBTQ people by the Islamic State and anti-gay legislation passed in places like Uganda. Please join Rachel Levitan, Associate Vice President on Program Planning and Management at HIAS, for what we expect to be a powerful conversation with a panel of experts on various humanitarian crises affecting LGBTQ communities around the world.
30 May

Shavuot Study Session: How Do We Welcome the Stranger?
Bet Mishpachah and Tikkun Leil Shabbat will celebrate Shavuot together with a Festival service, a potluck dinner and two study sessions, which will focus on social action/social justice efforts.
30 May

Kol HaKolot: Hear All our Voices - Erev Shavuot Tikkun at Temple Beth Am
At this community Tikkun Leil Shavuot, Mark Hetfield will lead a session on how Jewish experience, texts and history call us to respond to the global refugee crisis.
30 May

Community Tikkun L'eyl Shavuot: Wherever You Go...Refugees, Immigration and Jewish Responsibility
Welcome Shavuot by exploring the Jewish responsibility to act in response to the global refugee crisis. Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, will be the keynote speaker Valley Beth Shalom's Tikkun L'eyl Shavuot, offered in partnership with the following synagogues and organizations: Adat Ari El, Temple Beth Hillel, Temple Isaiah, Jewish World Watch, Jews United for Democracy and Justice, Congregation Kol Ami, Stephen Wise Temple, and University Synagogue.

A Reading for Yom Ha’Shoah

Apr 21, 2017

Against the backdrop of Passover’s imperative to free ourselves and others from narrow places, we remember the six million Jews and millions of LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses and others who perished in the Holocaust.