Wednesday, May 27, 2020



#Graduation2020: Life is What We Make It

 Life is what we make it. Class of 2020 Note from Lisa Niver: I met Enock Makasi on March 24, 2016...

Israel Bonds, Temple Aliyah, Refugee Panel

Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds’ Platinum Society held an event at the home of local real estate, investment and philanthropy leaders Debbie and Naty...

A Child Of The Universe by Enock Makasi

Note from Lisa Niver: I met Enock Makasi on March 24, 2016 when he was flying from Los Angeles, California to Salt Lake City on...

Love Your Neighbor: AJL Recommends Children’s Books for Turbulent Times

List No. 1: Standing Up for One Another In response to the mass shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh and to rising anti-Semitism in the...

Struggling to cope with life at Bidi Bidi – the world’s largest refugee settlement

The South Sudan refugees settling into Uganda’s Bidi Bidi settlement camp are struggling to cope with what has become a threadbare life. Among more than...

How Tisha b’Av can help us understand the refugee experience

For many Jews, Tisha b’Av is centered around mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. But that interpretation misses out...

For refugee families, Miry’s List is an angel in America

When Miry Whitehill-Ben Atar visited a Syrian family newly arrived to Los Angeles about a year ago, with a friend who knew them through...

The Passover paradox

In early March, the United Nations announced that the world is facing — and this is not hyperbole — “the greatest humanitarian crisis since...

Embracing the Jewish community’s refugee roots

HIAS was established 135 years ago to protect Jewish refugees who were fleeing the pogroms of Czarist Russia. Today, we remain true to our...

Regina Spektor discusses her Russian-Jewish reaction to the refugee ban

Interviewed Jan. 30 on the KCRW-FM show “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” Russian-Jewish indie songstress Regina Spektor described President Donald Trump’s executive order calling for a...

The many faces of the Jewish refugee

Since the global refugee crisis took over front pages and cable networks, a popular statistic in the Jewish world has been the number 36....

Trump order flouts American principles

Like most Jews whose family history features flights from persecution, I have a soft spot for refugees, the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free”...

Rabbis, refugee agency deny report of Louisville synagogue resettling Syrian Jews

A report of a Conservative synagogue in Louisville resettling Jewish refugees from Syria is false, say a local refugee resettlement agency and the rabbis of the Kentucky city’s two Conservative synagogues.\n\n

Taking in refugees is good for America

We all intuitively understand that if your friend loses his house in a hurricane, the right thing to do is to invite him to stay with you.

This is what it takes to resettle a refugee

San Diego could hardly be more different from the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement.

The real victims of Syrian migrants

We’ve all heard the fear mongering about how Syrian refugees are mostly men — which somehow makes them more susceptible to becoming terrorists, and therefore dangerous to the West.

A man called Sheila Kuehl an anti-Semite, her response is awesome

An angry speaker called Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl a \"scumbag\" and an \"anti-Semite\" for the city\'s decision to allow Syrian refugees during a recent City Council meeting.

The refugee dilemma: Fighting to defend the defenseless

On Nov. 19, less than a week after the deadly series of terrorist attacks in Paris, Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, the 134-year-old refugee resettlement organization, was summoned to the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress.


The campaign to keep Syrian refugees out of the United States represents a complete lack of faith – not just in Syrian refugees, and not just in the department of Homeland Security, but in America itself.

This is not my America. Is it yours?

Two scary tweets fell into my feed yesterday. In the first, Linda Sarsour, a Brooklyn mom and activist shared, “When ur kids sends u a text w/ a link to a mayor invoking Japanese internment camps.

‘They’ll think we are the enemy’: refugees in Germany fear backlash

Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Germany fear that the attacks in Paris could further shift public opinion against the Berlin government\'s welcoming asylum policy.

Republican Rand Paul to offer bill to halt U.S. visas for refugees

Republican presidential candidate and Sen. Rand Paul said on Monday he would introduce a bill to put an immediate moratorium on U.S. visas for refugees fleeing extremist groups.

German anti-Islam protest swells on fears about refugee influx

The German anti-Islam movement PEGIDA staged its biggest rally in months on Monday, sparked into fresh life on its first anniversary by anger at the government\'s decision to take in hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East.

Local groups rally support for Syrian refugees

With the number of Syrian refugees climbing above 4 million, local Jewish organizations are taking note and reaching out.

Wide awake: A spiritual response to the collapse of compassion

In fact, and I say this not to be cruel or needlessly provocative, we have known all of this for the past several years.

Why Europe is so woefully unprepared for the new refugee crisis

No time is a good time for an epic humanitarian crisis. But Europe today seems woefully unprepared for the human wave from the Maghreb, the Horn of Africa and lands reaching all the way to Afghanistan.

Leaving Israel, Africans face detention, possibly death

“When the conflict started in the Darfur region and we came to Israel, all the people knew why,” said Yeman Adam, a 30-year-old Sudanese asylum seeker who fled to Israel in 2008.

African asylum seekers battle fear in South Tel Aviv

Over the past two weeks, Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers have staged the largest uprising in their eight-year history in Israel.

‘You’ll be free. Welcome!’: Seeking asylum

Daniel Angosom was just 18 when he escaped a lifetime of compulsory army service in Eritrea, fleeing to Sudan through his country’s northern border. It was in Sudan, while working as a cattle herder, that Angosom — like thousands of African asylum seekers before him — was kidnapped and sold to Bedouin gangs in the Sinai desert.

Refugee teens in Israel win races but not awards

On a chilly night in December, up a grassy slope overlooking the all-weather track at Ironi Tet High School in southeast Tel Aviv, a few dozen teens — hailing from about 10 different countries — raced one another to the top of the hill.

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