Through a partnership between HIAS and Miles4Migrants, you can donate frequent flyer miles to help reunite and relocate families of refugees and asylum seekers — including families recently separated at the U.S.-Mexico border — to start a new beginning in a new home.
YOU CAN DONATE MILES HERE. At this point the minimum donation is 12,500 miles. So far, over 815,000 miles have been contributed by HIAS supporters.
A letter from our rabbis…
Over the last two years, in the face of relentless attacks on refugees, we at Temple Micah, through Sukkat Shalom, have recommitted ourselves to our biblical command to welcome the stranger. We have protested against inhumane government policies designed to make it as difficult as possible for refugees and immigrants to make new homes in the US. We helped an Afghani family resettle in Maryland, and we have provided direct support to other immigrant families.
Even as we have done this, as you know, the attacks on refugees and immigrants continue unabated. Many of us are particularly distressed by the recent Presidential Determination establishing the lowest ceiling on refugee admissions since the Refugee Act became law in 1980. The ceiling, set at 18,000, is an abdication of our nation’s responsibility to the world’s 26 million refugees. This edict is a stain on our nation and a reprehensible violation of Emma Lazarus’s words on the statue in New York Harbor.
But, as HIAS’s president, Mark Hetfield, recently vowed,
HIAS, the American Jewish community, and our local resettlement partners across the country, have welcomed immigrants and refugees for well over a century, and we will continue to do so long after President Trump is out of office.
Read a story of one family reunited by the HIAS and Miles4Migrants partnership.
Please join in this important effort as we remember that our ancestors, too, were refugees in a foreign land.
Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel
Rabbi Josh Beraha
Rabbi Stephanie Crawley