Jewish Holidays

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.

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.

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.