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Webinar: Responding to the Refugee Crisis

Webinar: Responding to the Refugee Crisis

On Thursday, March 10 at 2:15pm ET, the Religious Acton Center and HIAS are hosting a webinar to discuss the current refugee crisis and how your congregation can get involved. With over 60 million people displaced worldwide, we are currently facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II. The United States has committed to accept an increased number of refugees in 2016, and we must ensure that they are welcomed into our communities.

Although numbers have decreased since the peak month in October 2015, with over 200,000 refugees reaching the shores of Greece, this is still a major crisis and there is still need for response from countries throughout the world.

As Reform Jews, we are taught, “you too must befriend the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:19). We must work to ensure that the 100,000 refugees expected to resettle in the United States in 2016 are welcomed into our communities. In order to prepare your community to engage with the local refugee community and become advocates for the global refugee community, the Religious Action Center and HIAS have created a toolkit, and highlights include:

  1. An educational program to introduce your community to the global refugee crisis
  2. Advocacy opportunities through up to date action alerts and talking points to reach out to your representatives
  3. Opportunities to engage with your local refugee community through partnership with local resettlement agencies
  4. Tools to broadcast your work and show the Jewish Community’s support through press releases and letters to the editor

To learn more, join us on Thursday, March 10 at 2:15pm ET as we launch our new guide to help synagogues engage in the refugee crisis response, and hear how Reform congregations have already begun work with refugees. Register today!


Rachel Landman is the assistant director of 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy in Byfield, MA, where she ran the inaugural summer Israel program, which focused on exploring Israel through the lens of science and technology. She holds a degree in biology from Hamilton College and served as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. She is an alumna of URJ Crane Lake Camp and grew up at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue in Brooklyn, NY. 

Rachel Landman

Published: 3/03/2016