Jewish Values and History

Outside the Supreme Court, Activists Say #NoMuslimBanEver

Apr 25, 2018

“Three times Donald Trump has tried to force this unconstitutional ban on us. And three times we have stood up to stop it.”
28 Apr

Welcome the Stranger: A Jewish Response to the Refugee Crisis
Over the last year, the number of refugees and displaced people across the world has grown to more than 65 million – more than any time in history. Because of our history and our values, the Jewish people have a unique connection to these most vulnerable people. Join Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation for Shabbat services and a talk by Mark Hetfield, President & CEO of HIAS.
16 Apr

Hospitality or Hostility: How Israel Approaches African Asylum Seekers
As a nation founded by refugees and one that helped shaped international refugee laws, what is Israel's moral and legal mandate to provide safety? How successful will the UNHCR agreement be? Hear from some of the leading voices on this issue as they discuss Israel's legal obligations, the policy options that are available, and actions that we can all take to stand up for the rights of African asylum seekers in Israel.
15 Apr

Standing Together: The Power of Progressive Partnerships
Hear veteran organizers and leaders discuss how to build sustainable movements in difficult political moments. How can advocacy organizations contribute to the overall movement for change by building power and movement around a specific cause?
27 Apr

Welcoming Refugees: Learning from the Past, Rising to the Moment
Join Chicago Sinai Congregation for Shabbat services, dinner, and a speaker featuring Mark Hetfield, President & CEO of HIAS. Mark will talk about the current global refugee crisis and explore how Jewish values and history call on us to respond.
16 Apr

Film Screening & Discussion: And Then They Came for Us
In the lead up to the Muslim ban arguments in the Supreme Court, join the ACLU and HIAS for a screening of And Then They Came for Us, which retells the story of Japanese incarceration during World War II and follows Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim ban. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.
06 May

Welcome the Stranger: Kolot HaLev Annual Concert & Pre-Concert Program

Kolot HaLev, an independent community choir focused on Jewish choral music, will salute the profound contributions of immigrants. Prior to the concert, join Sarah Beller, HIAS’ community engagement director for greater Washington DC, to learn about the current refugee crisis and to explore how Jewish values and history call on us to respond. We’ll also discuss what you can do to welcome and speak out for refugees and asylum seekers. 

15 Apr

Garden of the Righteous
Adas Israel Garden of the Righteous is a beautiful reminder of numerous acts of decency and daring performed by many non-Jews in the midst of one of the most tragic moments in human history. On Sunday April 15, 2018, Adas Israel Congregation will honor the memory of Captain Gustav Schroeder from Germany, captain of the St. Louis.
25 Apr

Lessons from the Holocaust for the 21st Century Refugee Crisis
The sixth annual Maria Rosenbloom Memorial Lecture honors her extraordinary legacy by asking how lessons from the Holocaust can inform contemporary discourse about today’s global refugee crises.
23 Apr

Shared Roots, Divergent Paths Program: Border Control vs. Love the Stranger
Join us for a look at how our faith traditions grapple with the need to maintain safety and security with the religious imperative to love the stranger. This program will explore text and history and apply it to the present.

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