Jewish Holidays

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.

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.

Refugees Join Seder Tables Across the Country

Apr 13, 2017

Nationwide, Seders included today’s refugees in their retelling of the Exodus story. In addition to using the materials and rituals suggested by HIAS, many synagogues took it one step further, and invited refugees in their area to share in the festivities.

“This Passover, We Must Make Our Seders Real"

Mar 29, 2017

The 2017 HIAS Haggadah Supplement makes the plight of today’s refugees accessible for Passover Seders by including individual stories.

Channeling Queen Esther’s Diplomacy For Refugees

Mar 09, 2017

In an op-ed published on Scribe, the Forward’s curated contributor network, Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer challenges the community “to commit to have at least one conversation with a family member, co-worker or friend on behalf of today’s refugees.”

Sukkot Round-Up: Refugees Find Welcome In Sukkahs

Oct 26, 2016

As part of the ongoing Jewish response to the global refugee crisis, HIAS created new visual resources for congregations and families to print and hang in their sukkahs. The visuals provided an educational component to the familiar sukkot tradition, a reminder that today, 65 million refugees and displaced people still wander the earth in search of a safe place to call home.

SLIDESHOW: This Sukkot, American Jews Stand With Refugees

Oct 20, 2016

In recognition of the more than 65 million refugees and displaced people still wandering the earth in search of a safe place to call home, synagogues and families are “inviting” five individuals into their sukkah this year as they recreate the huts in which our Israelite ancestors found refuge.