Opinion: Help Refugees and Make Your Bubbe Proud

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"With the largest number of refugees and displaced persons since the Second World War, HIAS’s mission is as relevant as ever. In 1881, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society was established to help refugees find welcome, safety and freedom. HIAS has not strayed from that path. Today, HIAS does not help refugees because they are Jewish. HIAS helps refugees because we are Jewish," Hetfield writes. "Our bubbes would be proud."

Click here to read the full article, Help Refugees and Make Your Bubbe Proud, on JNS.org.

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