Jewish Values and History

24 Sep

Standing Up for Refuge in 5780
At this High Holiday-inspired gathering in Washington, DC, we will recommit ourselves to supporting and protecting refugees and asylum seekers in the year to come.

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.
24 Aug

Welcoming Refugees at Congregation B'nai Israel: Learning From the Past, Rising to the Moment
Because of our experiences and our values, the Jewish people have a unique connection to these most vulnerable people. Join Nikki Salzman, Major Gifts Officer at HIAS, to learn more about Jewish displacement in history and the current global refugee crisis, and explore how Jewish values call on us to respond.
23 Aug

Welcoming Refugees at Temple Shir Shalom: Learning From the Past, Rising to the Moment
Over the last year, the number of refugees and displaced people across the world has grown to more than 70 million. Join Nikki Salzman, Major Gifts Officer at HIAS, to learn more about Jewish displacement in history and the current global refugee crisis, and explore how Jewish values call on us to respond.
03 Nov

Refugees in America: Stories of Courage, Resilience, and Hope in Their Own Words

Lee Bycel’s new book, Refugees in America, gives voice to the real people at the center of the immigration debate by focusing on the stories of individuals from different countries—from a 93-year-old Polish grandmother who came to the United States after surviving Auschwitz, to a young undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who became an American college graduate, despite being born impoverished and blind. Bycel’s insights provide historical context for the moving first-person accounts that tell the story of human resilience, suffering, and determination.

18 Sep

Welcoming the Stranger: A Jewish Call to Action for Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Join Melanie Nezer, HIAS' Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels of Beth Shir Shalom and other experts in the field for a conversation about the refugee and asylum crisis, and how the Jewish community is responding.
11 Sep

HIAS-Freedom For Immigrants Letter Writing Program
Join HIAS for a monthly program offering compassion and solidarity to asylum seekers in detention through a formal letter writing program with individuals who have requested correspondence, helping them access hope and connection.

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.
26 Jul

American Jews, Asylum, and the Global Refugee Crisis
Over the last year, the number of refugees and displaced people across the world has grown to more than 70.8 million - more than at any time in history. Join Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS, to learn more about Jewish displacement in history and the current global refugee crisis.

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