Never Forget. We Were Strangers

Don't Slam the Door on Refugees
Over thousands of years, from Israel to Babylon to Egypt to Spain to Western and Eastern Europe, we Jews have been torn from our homes through violence. This history has taught us, as the Torah says in Exodus, "You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt."

President Trump's executive order is extremely troubling. It bans Syrian refugees from the U.S., halves the total number of refugees the U.S. accepts, halts all refugee resettlement for 120 days and bans visas from war-torn counties. This is unconscionable and goes against what we believe in as Americans and Jews.

What can YOU can do to help refugees?
Take Action Now and tell Congress that as an American and a Jew you believe diversity strengthens our country and we cannot close our doors to those in need.  

Sign HIAS's Petition to tell the President that you support refugee resettlement.

See news coverage of the February 2 Jewish Rally for Refugees.

Restricting admission of foreigners from war-torn countries will not make us safer. Instead, it will deprive refugees of hope, safety, and the opportunity to restart their lives. The policy will send a message to the rest of the world that the U.S. is afraid of people who belong to certain religions, races, or nationalities. This order damages our international reputation by abandoning the people in Middle East countries who risked their lives and the lives of their families to help US soldiers.

And this order isn't just about places and people far away. It will have real impacts at home in the Puget Sound. Our own Jewish Family Service resettles about 300 refugees each year and helps 1,000 immigrants and refugees - in Seattle, in Kent, in Renton. These are children and families fleeing persecution and violence.

  • JFS has nearly 60 refugees across the world, who have already passed the rigorous screening process , airplane tickets in hand and scheduled to travel within the next four weeks.  This order will immediately cancel their travel.
  • Many clients are awaiting reunification with family members who are still stuck overseas.  This order will prevent their families from joining them in the U.S., leaving them in vulnerable situations.  

What YOU can do to help refugees
Take Action Now and tell Congress that as an American and a Jew you believe diversity strengthens our country and we cannot close our doors to those in need.  

Sign HIAS's Petition to tell the President that you support refugee resettlement.

#WeRemember
On this January 27, International Holocaust Memorial Day, we must not forget that during the Holocaust, in perhaps our greatest hour of need, the United States turned down thousands of Jewish refugees seeking sanctuary. We cannot forsake others seeking sanctuary in this crisis.

Stand With Refugees! 
The Jewish Federation is proud to stand with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), with Jewish Family Service, with 1,700 American rabbis in 48 states and with more than 250 congregations across the country, in our commitment, as Jews and as Americans, to support and welcome refugees.