Jewish Values and History

A 136-Year-Old Jewish Refugee Agency’s New Mission

Jun 15, 2017

Read JTA's profile on HIAS’ roots and rapid evolution under the Trump administration.

Going the Distance for Refugees. Literally.

Jun 14, 2017

Melinda Menzer, an English professor at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, swam 9.2 miles in the Tennessee River on Sunday, June 4 to raise money for HIAS.

SLIDESHOW: Nationwide St. Louis Vigils

Jun 07, 2017

On the 78th anniversary of MS St. Louis being turned back to Europe, vigils were held across the country to say: never again.

The St. Louis and the Two Faces of America

Jun 06, 2017

“On June 6, 1939 — 78 years ago this week — the U.S. turned the ship away, knowing it was returning over 900 Jews to Nazi Germany,” HIAS CEO Mark Hetfield writes in an op-ed for RNS.

ADL, Hebrew Union College Honor HIAS’ Work On Behalf of Refugees

May 09, 2017

This week, HIAS was recognized by the American Jewish community on back to back days for its 136-year history protecting refugees.

New D.C. City Council Resolution Honors Jewish Refugees

May 02, 2017

D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau co-introduced a resolution designating May 13 as “Remember the St. Louis Day,” as a reminder of the tragic consequences of the United States closing its doors on refugees and asylum seekers.

A Reading for Yom Ha’Shoah

Apr 21, 2017

Against the backdrop of Passover’s imperative to free ourselves and others from narrow places, we remember the six million Jews and millions of LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses and others who perished in the Holocaust.

Hundreds Rally for Refugees in DC

Mar 31, 2017

“We in this room tonight are part of an even larger national movement for refugees.” said Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, vice president of community engagement at HIAS. “Literally tens of thousands of Jews are supporting and welcoming and advocating on behalf of refugees.”

“This Passover, We Must Make Our Seders Real"

Mar 29, 2017

The 2017 HIAS Haggadah Supplement makes the plight of today’s refugees accessible for Passover Seders by including individual stories.

[VIDEO] In Buffalo, Deaf Refugees Find Hope

Mar 21, 2017

Our local partners at Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County have partnered with Deaf Access Services to support a community of Deaf refugees. Watch our new video.

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