SUMMIT, NJ - Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS -- a global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees -- will discuss the significant changes in U.S. immigration policy that include the banning of immigrants from entire countries, new limitations on granting asylum, and family separation on January 11, from at 7:30 - 9 p.m., at Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Summit.
Given the current climate, Hetfield will address the scope of Jewish moral responsibilities to refugees and asylum seekers and propose a Jewish response anchored in Jewish law and Jewish history.
The event is part of the 'Shabbat in Harmony' series, which sees Summit synagogues come together for Friday night services under one roof -- their singers singing together, their rabbis leading together, and their congregations praying and mingling and noshing together.
An expert in refugee and immigration policy, Hetfield‘s 28-year career began with HIAS in Rome, as well as posts to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, D.C. and Haiti.
Hetfield has led the transformation of HIAS from an organization focused on Jewish immigrants, to a global agency guided by Jewish values that assists and resettles refugees of all faiths and ethnicities, and is a major partner of the U.N. Refugee Agency and the U.S. Department of State.
The event is free, and all welcome to attend.
Congregation Beth Hatikvah is located at 36 Chatham Road.