In This Issue
Who We Are
Volunteer with HIAS at CARECEN
Immigration Exhibit at the National Archives
Urge Congress to Save Funding for Refugees

Who We Are

HYL header - basic

The Young Leaders of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) is a group of young professionals and students in their 20's and 30's who further HIAS' mission of rescue, resettlement, and reunion of Jewish and other migrants.


 Click here to learn more and become a member.

HYL-DC Meeting   

Please join us on Wednesday, August 15th (after English/Civics Tutoring at CARECEN) for our next HIAS Young Leaders meeting. We will discuss ongoing initiatives, recent policy updates, and plan upcoming events.


Click here to RSVP and make sure to vote for a meeting location!

Read "A Happy Man" by Raisa Silver, who emigrated with from Moscow to New York in 1976.  Her story is written as a conversation with a man who considers himself fortunate despite physical limitations -- in part because he was able to immigrate to America, where he was not ostracized as different, but valued as an individual.


Read more at and add YOUR story.

HYL-DC Steering Committee

Leah Craft

Fundraising Chair


Myra Albu

Advocacy Chair


Sean Siperstein

Service Chair

Connect Online

Join Our Mailing List

Find us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter


View our videos on YouTube

Visit our blog


Find us on JSpace


Learn More

August 2012

Thank you to everyone who attended HYL events in July. In particular, thank you to those of you who joined us for our community-wide Jewnity event which was a huge success with nearly 300 people in attendance!
Please join us for our upcoming events in August. You can make a difference in the lives of refugees and immigrants across the globe and right here in our own communities.


Liza Lieberman

DC Young Leaders Coordinator

Volunteer with HIAS at CARECEN

girl at CARECEN

Please join HIAS Young Leaders TONIGHT and later this month as we volunteer at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), where we provide local immigrant students a safe space to learn English and prepare for their citizenship exams. By volunteering with HIAS at CARECEN, you can play a role in helping local immigrant students prepare for their naturalization exams and attain U.S. citizenship! Please register below for the following events:

Contact Liza ( or 202.821.6936) with any questions.

National Archives Immigration Exhibit, Plus Dinner/Discussion

Monday, August 27th, 5:30-8:30pm

National Archives immigration exhibit 

Please join HIAS Young Leaders on Monday, August 27th as we explore the new immigration exhibit at the National Archives. The exhibit - Attachments: Faces and Stories from America's Gates - draws from the millions of immigration case files in the Archives to tell a few of these stories from the 1880s through World War II. It also explores the attachment of immigrants to family and community, and the attachment of government organizations to laws that reflect certain period-specific beliefs about immigrants and citizenship. Click here to read HIAS Intern Rachel Zisman's reflections after seeing the exhibit. 


We will meet at 5:30pm at the National Archives (700 Pennsylvania NW) to walk through the exhibit, then we will go to a nearby restaurant for a casual dinner and discussion.


Click here to RSVP!

Urge your Members of Congress to Save Funding for Refugees


In mid-July, a House subcommittee approved a proposal that would drastically cut funding for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for fiscal year 2013.  The proposed cuts would have an unprecedented negative impact, significantly reducing services and programs that assist refugees, asylees, and other vulnerable populations. 


But you can help us maintain a strong refugee resettlement program - act now by telling Congress not to cut funding for refugees! 


Click here to take action!

Thanks for taking the time to read our August newsletter.  I hope to see you at an event soon!


Liza Lieberman
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society


DC Young Leaders Coordinator: Liza Lieberman 

(202) 212-6026 or