The crisis of refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the region and Africa is the most pressing refugee crisis since World War II. We are pained and challenged by the millions of refugees worldwide, including the plight of the more than 11 million Syrian and Middle Eastern refugees who have been forced to flee their homes because of ongoing violence. We are instructed in the Holiness Code (Lev. 19:33) to take to heart the lessons of our own history by treating aliens in our midst with justice and compassion. “The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself for you were strangers in the land of Egypt."
Each of us can help respond to this humanitarian crisis. These resources will be updated as more information and opportunities arise, so please check back often.
Religious Action Center Resources
- Refugee Crisis Frequently Asked Questions
- Send an email to your Members of Congress urging action on refugee resettlement
- Call your Members of Congress urging action on refugee resettlement
- Find Your Local Resettlement Agency
- Myths and Facts about Syrian Refugee Resettlement
- HIAS Guide to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program
- Stories and resources about refugees on the HIAS Blog
Jewish Community Statements
- URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs' letter to President Obama and Congress
- Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner Statement: Reform Movement Rejects Calls for New Limits on Syrian Refugees
- HIAS Statement on U.S. security and refugees
- 1,000 Rabbis Sign Letter In Support of Welcoming Refugees