Jewish Values and History

More than 1,000 Jewish Clergy: Ensure Refugees and Asylum Seekers Are Welcome in the United States

Feb 01, 2021

SILVER SPRING, Md. — As the Biden administration begins to repair the damage done over the past four years to the immigration system in the United States, HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization for refugees and asylum seekers, is sharing the views of more than 1,100 members of...


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Former HIAS Client, Holocaust Survivor Interviewed on Democracy Now!

Former HIAS client, Kindertransport survivor, and refugee advocate Manfred Lindenbaum interviewed live from the Democracy Now! studios in New York on Sept. 21, 2016.

HIAS Honored With LBJ Moral Courage Award

On May 7, 2019, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award was presented to HIAS by the Holocaust Museum Houston.


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?