Shabbat Guest Speaker

Ukraine Crisis Response and the Jewish Obligation to Welcome the Stranger



Friday, April 1, 2022
Services begin at 7:00 p.m.
In-person and virtual simultaneously

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Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) was established in the 1880s in direct response to Czarist pogroms in what is now Ukraine to assist Jews fleeing to the United States – has staff, partners, and Jewish community collaborations in Ukraine, Poland, Moldova, and Slovakia to help displaced Ukrainians seek shelter, food, water, and medicine. Hear from HIAS’ LA-based Community Engagement Director, Joe Goldman, on the critical work happening on both sides of the Ukrainian border and what the Jewish community can do to uphold its commitment to welcoming the stranger.

Joe Goldman is the Community Engagement Director for the Western Region at HIAS, the world’s oldest – and only Jewish – international humanitarian agency serving refugees and asylum seekers of all backgrounds. He mobilizes activists, organizations, and lawmakers across California to ensure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve. Before joining HIAS, Joe worked at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council, and began his career working on several political campaigns and advocacy efforts. Joe is currently in the fourth cohort of the Coro LEAD LA Fellowship and holds both a BA in Political Communication and Master’s of Political Management from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Joe lives in his native Los Angeles with his husband, Adam.