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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
Protesters holding signs that read ONE WORLD ONE FAMILY and REFUGEES WELCOME NO ONE IS ILLEGAL

False perceptions of refugees mask the reality: Refugees want to start a new life in a place where they feel safe. Most of them want the same things out of life that we want: to be safe, healthy, and happy.

Lee Wilson
Two little girls holding hands in a Syrian refugee camp

One writer reflects on World Refugee Day through the lens of sacred Jewish texts.

Stacey Zisook Robinson
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
Two Syrian refugee sisters reuniting at the airport in Chicago

Two Syrian refugee sisters were reunited in Chicago last week. Now they stand on the brink of a new life in a new Land of Promise.

Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein
Statue of Liberty against blue sky

To the perpetrators of these attacks, let me speak to you as I would want a brother to speak to me if I did these kinds of things: "What on earth do you think you're doing?!!"

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
The author smiling while holding a handmade signs that reads Tempest-Tost Huddled Masses Make America Great

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
Orphan children in DP camp following WW II

After their liberation from the Nazis, my parents were reunited in a displaced persons camp. I was three when our family received visas to America.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Am Shalom congregants await arriving Syrian family

I’ve never been as proud of my congregation as I was when members gathered at the airport last week to welcome our family arriving from Syria.

Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein
Israeli flags

Our community’s strategic planning process, examining the implications of being a “traditional” community, has broader implications for Israel’s identity as a Jewish state.

Rabbi Marc Rosenstein


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