Jewish Values and History

17 Jun

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.
06 Jun

St. Louis Vigil, a project of HIAS Action DC

Join HIAS Action DC, a 20s and 30s advocacy network, June 6 on Capitol Hill to commemorate that day in 1939 when nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees aboard the M.S. St. Louis were denied entry to the United States; to honor the memories of those who died in the Holocaust after being denied refuge; to lament continued efforts to once again close the doors of our country to refugees seeking freedom and safety; and to do something about it!

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23 May

Interfaith Iftar
Join us at an Interfaith Iftar for a loving, inclusive New York. Break fast with your Muslim neighbors, partake in multifaith prayers and reflections, and enjoy a free Halal, Kosher or vegetarian dinner.
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.
19 May

WRJ Social Justice Conference: Current Immigration and Refugee Policies: How You Can Get Involved
Join Rebecca Kirzner, Director of Grassroots Campaigns at HIAS, and Royce Murray, Managing Director of Programs at the American Immigration Council, at the Women of Reform Judaism Social Justice Conference 2019.
12 May

A Jewish Response to Refugees - Learning from the Past, Rising to the Moment
Join us at service this Mother’s Day Shabbat as we welcome, Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, Rabbi-in-Residence at HIAS who will explore Jewish immigration, the current global refugee crisis, and how Jewish values and history guide us today.
Mark Hetfield Yom HaShoah message.

WATCH: A Yom HaShoah Message from Mark Hetfield

May 01, 2019

HIAS President and CEO Mark J. Hetfield shares a message for Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), when we recall what happens to people who are not allowed to make the flight for safety and freedom, and reminds us of the imperative to welcome those who flee hatred.
21 May

Child Separation and Refugee Crises from the Kindertransport to Today
Join HIAS and the Leo Baeck institute for a discussion about the history of popular opposition to refugees and especially how it has impacted children, from the Kindertransport to the Trump Administrations child separation policy.
19 May

Once We Were Strangers: Speaker and Marketplace
Join HIAS and Temple Beth Sholom for a discussion of the global refugee crisis and how Jewish values call on us to respond, and a "Lower East Side Marketplace" with vendors, food demos and displays outlining and honoring American immigration.
14 May

HIAS Action DC Open Meeting
Join us in Downtown DC for an open meeting of HIAS Action DC, a network of folks in their 20s and 30s who, inspired by Jewish values and history, are committed to standing in solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers.