June 20 is World Refugee Day

Join us as we observe World Refugee Day on June 20. Last week, on June 13, HIAS PA worked with community partners to commemorate this important day at Northeast High School. We celebrated with style - dancing, eating, soccer, and laughter with refugees from Sudan, Bhutan, Syria, Iraq, Congo, Burma and countless others from all over the world.

 

 

 

 

We also liked the sentiments of our friends at national HIAS:

Tomorrow, June 20, is a major Jewish holiday - or what should be one, anyway.  World Refugee Day was first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2001 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Refugee Convention, an international legal agreement designed to ensure that "never again" would refugees be turned away by any country, as were the Jews who tried to flee Nazi Germany and Europe.
 
We at HIAS have been exceptionally busy preparing for this important commemoration, at a time when the number of refugees is higher than it has been at any time since World War II.

 

See the video they have created below.

 

Celebrating World Refugee Day with ice cream and friends.