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[Philadelphia] Welcoming the Stranger – The Jewish Responsibility to Support Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylees
March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Welcoming the Stranger – The Jewish Responsibility to Support Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylees
Tuesday, March 28th at 5:30pm (program at 6:00pm)
Jewish Community Services Building
2100 Arch St. Room 200, Philadelphia PA 19103
$10 suggested donation
Light refreshments will be served
The last few years have roused the world to the tragic reality of displacement and exile. Stories and pictures across social media have put faces on the millions of people who have fled their homes or been forcibly moved. The Jewish people are all too familiar with these stories. From crossing deserts in search of a home to fleeing genocide, we have relived the experience of exodus time and again. Today, those stories motivate many people to offer refuge – and some to seek it from us.
How does this awareness translate to the current reality? How should American Jewish communities support immigrants, refugees, and asylees? And how has our story inspired others to act and even seek our aid?
Join HIAS PA and New Israel Fund to explore these questions and more with activists, community leaders, and asylees themselves.
Mutasim Ali, a leader of the African asylum seeker community in Israel, previously served as Executive Director of New Israel Fund grantee the African Refugee Development Center, and in 2016 became the first Sudanese refugee recognized by Israel. After being sent away from his home to attend school, Mutasim’s world was turned upside down when his village in the Darfur region was attacked and he took it upon himself to survive, escape, and tell the story of the ongoing genocide in his home country. Mutasim has been living in Israel as an asylum-seeker since 2009 and in 2016 received NIF’s Gallanter Prize for Emerging Israeli Social Justice Leaders.
Rabbi Josh Weinberg has been President of ARZA since 2013. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, engaging in the NFTY-EIE program, and studying at the Hebrew University, Rabbi Weinberg came to Israel on Aliyah in 2003. He began teaching as a Jewish History faculty member on the EIE program. He was ordained from the HUC-JIR Israeli Rabbinic Program in Jerusalem and currently lives in New York.
Cathryn Miller-Wilson is the Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania. She has been a public interest attorney since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1993 providing representation to low income parents accused of abuse and neglect at Community Legal Services, Inc., to persons with HIV/AIDS needing family law, consumer, discrimination, and confidentiality legal services at the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, and to low income persons seeking a variety of civil legal services at the Villanova School of Law Civil Justice Clinic where she also taught legal writing and civil justice.