HIAS, JFCS East Bay Talk Refugees at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

By Gabe Cahn, HIAS.org


On July 22, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield joined Amy Weiss, Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay's director of refugee and immigrant services, and Syrian activist Subhi Nahas for a panel discussion as part of the 37th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

The discussion, which followed a screening of the 2016 film Stranger in Paradise, was moderated by KQED’s Michael Krasny and covered global, national and local aspects of the current refugee crisis.

When asked about the potential security threat refugee resettlement represents in the United States, Hetfield replied, "When you look back over 200 years, there were worries about security throughout that period of time, but show me one example where letting in refugees actually created any harm to this country." 

"I can’t find any, but I can find lots of examples of where it made this country a better place." 

Watch a replay of the panel above or on YouTube.