Jewish Values and History

Across the U.S., a Day of Jewish Action for Refugees

Feb 13, 2017

Winter weather couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm and commitment of the many thousands of people who showed up for the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees on Sunday, February 12.
15 Feb

HIAS-CIVIC Letter Writing Volunteer 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.
15 Feb

Defending the Vulnerable
On Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30 PM, Council Member Dan Garodnick and Temple Emanu-El are hosting a post-election forum- Defending the Vulnerable: Call to Action on Immigration and the Refugee Crisis at Temple Emanu-El. This evening of conversation and activism will feature a panel with representatives from HIAS, Immigrant Justice Corps, Make the Road NY, and NY Immigration Coalition. We will learn about their roles in the recent actions against Trump’s policies, how they are organizing for the future, and how YOU can get involved and support their work.

New Yorkers Brave Sleet and Rain to Rally for Refugees

Feb 12, 2017

Equipped with protest signs, umbrellas and a tradition of welcoming the stranger, upwards of 1,000 rally goers stood for nearly two hours in Battery Park at the Southern tip of Manhattan Island.
11 Feb

Jewish Action for Refugees: Community Havdalah
At this critical moment when the future of America's commitment to refugees hangs in the balance, the Jewish community of Washington DC is coming together to stand up for refugees fleeing violence and persecution. Join with congregations and individuals from across the city for a special evening Havdalah service and make your voice heard.

Genesis Prize Recipient Anish Kapoor Pledges Support for Refugees

Feb 06, 2017

Kapoor, a renowned British-Indian sculptor of Jewish descent, said he will dedicate his $1 million award to expanding the Jewish community’s engagement on the global refugee crisis.

Rabbi Jennie Rosenn in Haaretz: Why American Jews Must Oppose Trump's Ban

Feb 03, 2017

HIAS VP of Community Engagement Rabbi Jennie Rosenn published an op-ed in Haaretz on Friday, February 3, calling on the Jewish community to stand up to President Trump’s refugee ban.

Soviet Jews Push Back on Trump’s Executive Order

Feb 03, 2017

“Refugee status is not merely a stamp on paper; it's a state of mind and heart which forces one to risk it all for better life. We feel affinity and kinship to those in the same plight.”

Refugee Ban Rattles Jewish Community Volunteers

Feb 02, 2017

"Shock would not be the right word," Rabbi Jonathan Blake told The Journal News.

12 Feb

National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees
HIAS is convening a major rally in New York City in Battery Park, overlooking the Statue of Liberty – our nation’s most powerful historical symbol of hope for those arriving at our shores to build new lives in safety and freedom. On Sunday, February 12th, we are inviting you to join in a local action in partnership with other synagogues and Jewish organizations.