Jewish Values and History

11 Dec

Brunch & Learn: Welcome the Stranger, Support the Refugee
Join Westchester Jewish Center for a special program on the global refugee crisis, featuring Rebecca Kirzner, HIAS’ director of campaigns; Manny Lindenbaum, Holocaust survivor and former HIAS client; and Ahed Festuk, a pro-democracy activist from Aleppo, Syria, who is seeking political asylum in the United States.
16 Oct

Theatrical Production and Talkback: The Diary of Anne Frank

Join Anne Frank and her family for a vivid, dynamic exploration of the "banality of evil" and the ever-present flame of hope in the story of a Jewish girl in Amsterdam during World War II, and her family's desperate attempt to preserve humanity in an inhumane world. After the play, Mark Hetfield will discuss how we can learn from the past in addressing today’s refugee crisis.

07 Nov

Jewish Book Festival: Lessons in Exile from One of Iraq’s Last Jews
Cynthia Kaplan Shamash's moving and timely memoir is a deeply personal, vivid and funny coming-of-age story about what it means to call a place home. Mark Hetfield will draw connections with the present-day refugee crisis.
13 Nov

Syria and Beyond: A Jewish Response to Today’s Refugees

There are more refugees and displaced persons in the world today than at any time since World War II. Conflict and persecution are driving millions from their homes, leaving them stateless and vulnerable. In the U.S., recent backlash is threatening America’s legacy as a country that welcomes refugees. 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.

28 Oct

Syria and Beyond: A Jewish Response to Today’s Refugees

Today, we are in the midst of the largest global refugee crisis in recorded history. Conflict and persecution are driving millions from their homes, leaving them stateless and vulnerable. In the U.S., recent backlash is threatening America’s legacy as a country that welcomes refugees. 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.

21 Oct

Syria and Beyond: A Jewish Response to Today’s Refugees

Today, we are in the midst of the largest global refugee crisis in recorded history. There are more refugees and displaced persons in the world today than at any time since World War II. Conflict and persecution are driving millions from their homes, leaving them stateless and vulnerable. In the U.S., recent backlash is threatening America’s legacy as a country that welcomes refugees.

Former HIAS Client and Holocaust Survivor Interviewed on Democracy Now!

Sep 22, 2016

Former HIAS client, Kindertransport survivor and refugee advocate Manfred Lindenbaum was interviewed live on Democracy Now!, sharing his personal experiences as a refugee and responding to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s son’s comparison of Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles.

Global Leaders Pledge Increased Aid for Refugees: What You Need to Know

Sep 21, 2016

Speaking to assembled world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, President Obama called for empathy for the “innocent men and women and children, who, through no fault of their own, have had to flee everything that they know, and everything that they love.”

HIAS Condemns Shameful Anti-Refugee Rhetoric

Sep 20, 2016

“Minimizing the human cost of the most severe refugee crisis in history is shameful in any context. When refugees—people who leave their entire lives behind simply in search of safety—are politicized and used to fan the toxic flames of xenophobia, we have an obligation to let our leaders know it is unacceptable," said HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield.

Jerusalem Post Spotlights HIAS’ Work

Sep 20, 2016

HIAS “has become known as the U.S. Jewish community’s voice on refugee issues,” mobilizing the Jewish community around the refugee crisis, writes the Jerusalem Post.

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