Jewish Values and History

HIAS National Refugee Shabbat Message

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield shares a message for National Refugee Shabbat 5780/2020.

Mark Hetfield Speaks at Human Rights Shabbat

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield speaks at Temple Emanu-El's Human Rights Shabbat in New York City on Dec. 21, 2019.

Mark Hetfield Speaks At Temple Beth Am

On Feb. 26, 2016, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield spoke at "Social Action Shabbat" at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest, Florida, about HIAS' mission and the Jewish value of welcoming the stranger.

Mandy Patinkin Speaks at HIAS’ Jews For Refugees Assembly

Actors and activists Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody spoke to the Jews For Refugees Assembly about their experiences meeting refugees and the need to welcome them to the United States once again.

Opinion: A Biden Appointee Who Carries the Jewish Story Itself

Dec 09, 2020

In an op-ed originally published in New York Jewish Week, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield, writes about how former HIAS Board Member Alejandro Mayorkas, nominated to lead the Dept. of Homeland Security, is uniquely suited to lead the department and restore respect for human rights.

A Spiritual Anchor of Love and Hope

What is the Jewish response to immigration reform and advocacy? What does Jewish tradition say about loving the stranger and remembering the tribulations of migration?

Webinar: Anti-Semitism and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in the COVID-19 Era

Sep 18, 2020

Learn about the historic experience of Jews as targets of anti-immigrant hatred, and how the current pandemic is impacting refugees and asylum seekers in particular.

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.

HIAS Honored by Women of Reform Judaism

Aug 26, 2020

Women of Reform Judaism, or WRJ, gave HIAS its most prestigious award in a virtual ceremony Aug. 25.

Finding Hope In Buffalo

Our local partners at Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County partnered with Deaf Access Services to support a community of Deaf refugees. 

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