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We Were Strangers Once: The Jewish Response to the Global Refugee Crisis
October 31, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pmFree
Guest Speaker: Riva Silverman
There are more refugees and displaced persons in the world today than at any time since World War II. Conflict and persecution is driving millions from their homes, leaving them stateless and vulnerable. Guided by Jewish values and history, HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious and sexual minorities. HIAS helps refugees rebuild their lives and advocates for policies that protect their basic human rights. Ms. Silverman will offer a Jewish framework for understanding today’s global refugee crisis and share how HIAS responds to the needs of refugees domestically and internationally.
Riva Silverman is the vice president of external affairs at HIAS, where she promotes HIAS’ unique human rights mission by generating revenue and building awareness of the organization’s work around the world. Riva has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors, establishing and expanding diversified donor programs to promote human rights and religious freedom, largely through Jewish social justice organizations. Riva has a B.A. from Columbia University, a B.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
HIAS Background: Persecution, conflict, and disasters have created more than 60 million refugees and other displaced people around the world. HIAS protects refugees—including women and children, and ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities—whose lives are in danger for being who