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Shabbat Across America

Sponsored by NJOP (formerly known as the National Jewish Outreach Program), Shabbat Across America is an invitation to all Jews to celebrate what unites us: the weekly celebration of Shabbat. Jews all over the US and Canada are invited to join participating synagogues for Shabbat services and/or for Shabbat dinners to strengthen and re-new their connection to the Jewish people and Jewish tradition.

Welcoming Refugees: Learning from the Past, Rising to the Moment


Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS and Manfred Lindenbaum, Kinderstransport Survivor, to speak at Temple Emanu-El on Shabbat Across America


The present day worldwide refugee crisis and the Jewish people’s historical need to flee from violence and oppression are both represented on Shabbat Across America at Temple Emanu-El Friday, March 1st at 7:30 pm. Mark Hetfield, the president and CEO of HIAS and Manfred Lindenbaum, a Kindertransport survivor with both speak during and after 7:30 pm Shabbat evening services.

Mark Hetfield is President and CEO of HIAS, which, founded in 1881 as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, is the world's oldest organization dedicated to refugees. Mark has led the transformation of the organization from one focused on Jewish immigrants to a global agency guided by Jewish values that assists and resettles refugees of all faiths and ethnicities and is a major implementing partner of the United Nations Refugee Agency and the U.S. Department of State. An expert in refugee and immigration policy, Mark’s 28-year career began at HIAS in Rome and has included five positions at HIAS, as well as posts with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, D.C. and Haiti. He is a frequent commentator and writer on refugee issues on television, radio, newspapers, and other media outlets.

Manfred Lindenbaum was born in 1932 in Unna, Germany and became a refugee at age six. He and his brother arrived in London on the last Kindertransport just three days before Germany invaded Poland. Mr. Lindenbaum immigrated to the U.S. in 1946 and has devoted much of his life to charity work in memory of his sister and family who perished in the Holocaust. Today, he and his wife Annabel, are dedicated to helping refugees find a safe, welcoming home.


Mark Hetfield will speak during Shabbat Evening Services at 7:30 pm Shabbat Evening Services at Temple Emanu-El, and Manfred Lindenbaum will join him for a question and answer session following services at the Shabbat oneg. Light refreshments will be served. The service is open to all.

Sat, May 25 2019 20 Iyar 5779