On February 12, 2017, HIAS organized a National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees with rallies in cities nationwide. As a participant, I was proud to stand in the sleet and freezing rain, alongside nearly a thousand others.
Earlier this month, the State Department issued its annual report on International Religious Freedom. The report tracks religious freedom – for religious majorities, minorities and non-believers – in 199 countries.
When I asked IsraAID where I could go to help refugees, they told me Berlin. I agreed somewhat reluctantly. Germany was the last place I wanted to go. My mother survived Auschwitz; the rest of her family was not as fortunate. I had a visceral dislike for the country and had never intended to visit it – but I have since changed my mind.