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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.

Both History and Present Show Why We Should Help Refugees

Jan 27, 2020

One student tries to find new ways to get involved in the American Jewish movement for refugees and asylum seekers.

Playwright Sees Today's Immigration Issues in Her Family History

Jan 17, 2020

Bena Shklyanoy transformed her family history in the former Soviet Union into a play whose themes are connected to HIAS and today's immigration issues.

The Pittsburgh Attack: One Year Later

Oct 27, 2019

HIAS remembers the attack on the Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people on Oct 27, 2018.

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.

Update: More Than 1500 Jewish Clergy Sign Petition to Protect Asylum

Jul 23, 2019

More than 1400 Jewish clergy members signed a petition calling on elected officials to protect the legal right to seek asylum in the U.S., and on July 18, a delegation of rabbis, attorneys, and advocates went to Capitol Hill to deliver it to key members of Congress.

Selling Lemonade to Help "People Who Don't Have Anything"

Jul 15, 2019

After reading a children's book about a family of mice who are forced to leave their home, 4 ½ year old Liv Bridges-Limon, asked if the same thing ever happens to people. Her father Bryan explained that refugees, asylum seekers and homeless people sometimes receive help from others, which gave Liv an idea.

WATCH: An Inspirational Song for Shavuot

Jun 07, 2019

Watch an inspirational song about refugees by REVIVAL as the holiday of Shavuot approaches.

80 Years Ago and Today: Refusing Refugees Help in Times of Crisis

Jun 06, 2019

This Thursday, June 6, marks the 80th anniversary of the day the M.S. St. Louis, a German passenger ship carrying 937 people– nearly all Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany– was denied entry to the United States.
LBJ Moral Courage Award

VIDEO: HIAS Honored with LBJ Moral Courage Award

May 09, 2019

On Tuesday May 7, before a distinguished audience of more than 900, HIAS was awarded the 2019 Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award.

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