Mark Hetfield is president and CEO of HIAS, the world’s oldest, and only Jewish global refugee agency. Mark has led HIAS’ transformation from an organization focused on Jewish immigrants to a global agency assisting refugees of all faiths and ethnicities. He began his career as a HIAS caseworker in Rome, Italy assisting Jewish refugee applicants from the Soviet Union. He later served as senior advisor on refugee issues at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he directed a congressionally-authorized study on the treatment of asylum seekers. He later rejoined the agency as its Washington, D.C. representative, and again as its director of international operations, before being appointed President and CEO.
Mark Hetfield will speak about the ways in which our Jewish values can be applied towards actively working on refugee issues. This will take place during Temple Isaiah's regular Friday night Shabbat service. Q&A will follow the talk.
Sponsor: Temple Isaiah, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)