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Silhouette of family members holding hands in front of a chain link fence

Our congregation has tried to live up to the Torah’s challenge, reaching out to refugee neighbors who come from cultures and communities very different from our own.

Rabbi Daniel Kirzane
British police officers on the street

Just back from a 10-day State Department trip on countering violent extremism, it provided insights to help me process and confront such all-too-frequent tragedies.

Rabbi Sarah Bassin
Directional signs in Old Havana Cuba, including one to a synagogue

Recently, I traveled to Cuba on a Jewish mission. Although I’d prepped, I was unprepared for how the trip would affect my self-perception as a Jew.

Bethanne Knapp
Two men in synagogue balcony, one in tallit and phylacteries

Filmmaker Alex Holder’s “Keep Quiet” artfully documents Csanad Szedgedi’s struggle to come to terms with “the worst thing that could ever have happened to me.”

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
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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.

Jane E. Herman

Less than a mile apart, we inhabit separate worlds and speak separate languages. In 26 years, the separation between Shaab and Shorashim has not lessened or softened.

Rabbi Marc Rosenstein

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.

Sarah Greenberg

Having Team Refugee at the Olympic games will bring further attention to the plight of refugees worldwide, and is helping change the lives of the athletes who now have a chance to compete.

Rachel Landman

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.

Rabbi Suzanne Singer
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