Jewish Values and History

26 Jan

Stateless: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Stateless examines the path of Soviet Jewish refugees in the late 1980s who ended up in Italy without a homeland due to changing laws in the United States. Join for post-screening Q&A with Director Michael Drob, HIAS President & CEO Mark Hetfield, NYANA President Mark Handelman, and others, followed by a light reception.

WATCH: Council on Foreign Relations Panel Discussion with HIAS' Mark Hetfield

Dec 14, 2016

Experts, including HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield, discuss the role faith-based organizations have taken during the refugee crisis and the challenges of aiding and resettling refugees in the United States and abroad.
18 Dec

Welcoming Refugees: An Informational Meeting for Synagogues
In response to the growing refugee crisis, over 220 congregations around the country have joined HIAS’ Welcome Campaign, making a powerful statement in support of welcoming refugees to the US. Many congregations in the greater Washington, DC area are considering ways to do more, including co-sponsorship of a refugee family. But they have questions: what’s involved in partnering with a refugee resettlement agency? What will we be doing for the family? Do we have the financial and volunteer resources to take this on? Join representatives from congregations who have recently welcomed refugee families to this area, as well as professionals from refugee resettlement agencies, at this informational meeting hosted by HIAS, the 135-year-old refugee organization of the Jewish community. Congregants and clergy are welcome.
04 Dec

Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom's Third Annual Muslim & Jewish Women Leadership Conference
Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, HIAS’ director of education, will provide context and commentary in advance of the two screenings of the documentary Refugee Kids taking place at the third annual Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Conference.

Attorneys Volunteer to Protect Asylum Seekers

Nov 21, 2016

Recognizing the growing demand for assistance navigating the tedious legal process tied to securing asylum status in the U.S., HIAS recently launched a pro bono training program for attorneys to volunteer their services.
09 Dec

In the Image of God: Refugees and Human Rights in 2016
Refugees are some of the most vulnerable people in today’s world, without access to many of their basic human rights. Join Riva Silverman, vice president for external affairs at HIAS, to learn how Jewish history, values and experience compel us to respond to today’s global refugee crisis, so that more refugees are able to rebuild their lives in safety and with dignity. Guided by Jewish values and history, HIAS works around the world to protect those refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious and sexual minorities.
16 Dec

A Jewish Response to the Global Refugee Crisis
Today, we are in the midst of the largest global refugee crisis in recorded history. Join the Steven Wise Temple community and Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, vice president for community engagement at HIAS, to learn more about this humanitarian crisis. Our discussion will explore the United States’ responsibility in addressing the world’s stateless as a country built by immigrants and refugees, and how Jewish values and history call on us to respond.

Mark Hetfield Named to Forward 50

Nov 14, 2016

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield was named to the Forward newspaper's annual list of “Jews who have impacted American life” for 2016. This year’s Forward 50 recognizes Hetfield for being at the forefront of the Syrian refugee relief efforts.
06 Dec

Surviving to Thriving: An Exploration of the Indomitable Spirit of Refugees Worldwide
Join Temple Israel and HIAS for an evening of deepening our understanding about the global refugee crisis. Using the stories of refugees as our primary texts and the words of Psalms as our commentary, we will uncover the multiple layers of loss that refugees experience – of home, employment, culture, loved ones – and reflect on how these experiences inform, but do not limit the people they become. This experiential evening of learning will empower us all to find a path to action on behalf of the world’s refugees using our personal and communal stories of resilience as inspiration.
20 Nov

Surviving to Thriving: The Indomitable Spirit of Refugees Across the Globe at Global Day of Jewish Learning
Using the stories of refugees as our primary texts and the words of Psalms as our commentary, this session will uncover the multiple layers of loss that refugees experience – of home, employment, culture, loved ones – and reflect on how these experiences inform, but do not limit, the people they become. This experiential session will empower participants to find a path to action on behalf of the world’s refugees using our personal and communal stories of resilience as inspiration.

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