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The Refugees at the Table

This High Holiday season, remembering how we all got here

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Sleepless in Seattle

Ep. 169: Advice columnist Dan Savage and Rabbi Will Berkovitz of Jewish Family Service Seattle

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Wrestling With the Refugee Crisis

Taking a cue from this week’s Torah portion, HIAS spearheads a national conversation about asylum-seekers

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Creative Trauma

Two thousand years of suffering and exile help an Israeli NGO teach Syrian and Iraqi refugees to build new lives in Europe

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Time to Rethink Our Attitudes Toward Middle East Refugees

The international response to the Palestinian refugee issue holds many lessons, mostly negative, for the international community, particularly for Europe

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Welcome the Stranger

In Pittsburgh, Jewish immigration agencies are helping to resettle refugees from around the world

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As the Passover Story Shows, Freedom is a Choice. Europe and its Jews Face That Choice Again Today.

An account–and a warning–from a Polish Jew on the front lines of the struggle for Europe’s soul

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An American Photographer Captures the Faces of the ‘Nowhere People’

For more than a decade, Greg Constantine has been documenting the plight of the Rohingya

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Food for Thought

Episode 111: Emma’s Torch founder Kerry Brodie on empowering refugees in the kitchen, and food blogger Lily Diamond on her new cookbook, Kale and Caramel

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‘Strange’ and ‘Strangers’

Two new studies of Islam portray recent outbursts of coordinated violence and oppression not as a reaction to Western liberalism but instead as fundamental to the religion itself

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Teaching Kids About the Plight of Refugees

A new crop of books introduces young readers to people who fled their homes—in earlier decades, and today

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Lessons From Sarajevo’s Jewish Refugees

In 1992 I traveled to Zagreb to help displaced persons fleeing Bosnia and Herzegovina. Years later, I visited Sarajevo and pondered the fragility of freedom.

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Did U.S. Anti-Immigrant Hysteria Doom the Passengers on the ‘St. Louis’? It’s Complicated.

The ship’s refugees seeking safe haven from the Nazis were victims of a global system that included America

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Putting Out the Unwelcome Mat

As we turn away refugees, I’m reminded of my mother’s experience trying to enter England from Nazi Germany—and the lifelong scars left by a customs official’s callous rejection

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Trust This Immigrant: Trump’s Ban Is a Moral Crisis

The identity of America—unity—is under attack by Trump’s administration, whose key goal is to divide. So stand up, shout out, and love thy neighbor.

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Jewish Groups Across the Spectrum Unite in Condemnation of Trump’s Refugee Ban

From the Orthodox Union to the Reform Movement, and ‘Commentary’ to J Street, American Jews speak out in defense of refugees and Muslims

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Do Jews Defend Their Values by Helping Anti-Semites Immigrate to America?

The ADL says most people in the Middle East harbor anti-Semitic views. But American Jews are largely in favor of offering safe haven to them.

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How to Explain the Refugee Crisis to Kids

New children’s books help parents broach a challenging subject

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The Sukkah as Metaphor: A Brooklyn Shul Addresses the Refugee Crisis

Congregation Beth Elohim pointedly welcomed a new generation of ‘ushpizin’

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Broadway’s ‘Fiddler’ Raises Money for Refugees

When connections between the people of Anatevka and Syrian refugees became apparent, the cast of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ began to fundraise both onstage and off

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Mila Kunis Is No Fan of Trump’s Fear-Stoking, Anti-Immigrant Bombast

The star of the upcoming film ‘Bad Moms’ had some choice words for Trump because her family came to the U.S. on a religious-refugee visa

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Is the U.S. Supporting Mass Extermination In Syria?

In a small border town on the way to Europe, Syrian refugees tell stories that the world is determined not to hear

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The Bad-Faith Analogy Between Syrian Refugees and Jews Fleeing Nazi Germany

Why the comparison is more ‘virtue signal’ than productive policy stance

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Meet the Austrian Shepherd Who Sings Yiddish as he Drives Refugees to Safety

Said Hans Breuer, ‘There is too much similarity between these two situations–one 70 years ago, and one now.’

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Another Middle Eastern State Could Collapse, and More Cash and Weapons Won’t Save It

Why the Mediterranean refugee crisis could get that much worse, and soon

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Far From Home, In Need of Help—But From Where?

As millions of Syrian refugees search for safety, their dire situation is reminiscent of those who fled Nazi Germany via British kindertransports

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Facing a Refugee Crisis, Should Britain Revive the Kindertransport?

Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks suggests that Britain emulate the Kindertransport, which saved thousands of Jewish children from the Nazis.

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