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Mormon church pledges $200,000 to HIAS to help resettle refugees

The Mormon church has pledged $200,000 in money and gifts to the refugee support and advocacy group HIAS to help it resettle refugees in the United States. The donation announced Wednesday, Nov. 2, includes in-kind gifts of food and furniture, which HIAS affiliates will distribute to refugees across the country. It also will help the organization to offer the refuges pro bono legal services and assistance in reuniting refugees with family members.

Bishop Dean Davies of the Church of the Latter-day Saints visited the HIAS office in Washington, D.C., to deliver the pledge, the group said in a statement.

“The work that we do at HIAS comes out of the Jewish experience as refugees ourselves,” said Mark Hetfield, the agency’s president. “We know that Mormons, too, have endured the refugee experience. That makes this donation to help us help the refugees of today all the more meaningful.”

HIAS, formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, was founded in 1881 to help Jewish immigrants fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe. It has pledged its support to help resettle the tens of thousands of refugees currently coming to the United States.

World Jewish Congress head has both praise and condemnation for Russia

The president of the World Jewish Congress praised Russia for protecting its Jewish community against anti-Semitism but also slammed the country for voting in favor of a UNESCO resolution that ignored Jewish ties to Jerusalem holy sites. Ronald Lauder made his remarks at the first Moscow International Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism, which was organized by the Russian Jewish Congress under the auspices of Moscow's mayor.

Lauding President Vladimir Putin, Lauder said he "has made Russia a country where Jews are welcome. And that’s not just a good thing for Jews. It is good for Russia as well.”

But Lauder also blasted Russia's vote in favor of the U.N. cultural body's resolution that ignored Jewish connections to sites in Jerusalem's Old City. The text passed by the board of UNESCO referred to the Temple Mount and other Jewish holy sites only by their Islamic names.

“I was even more surprised, and frankly disappointed, that Russia supported this resolution, a resolution that helps no one. That’s like trying to deny any Russian connection to St. Basil’s. That’s ridiculous,” Lauder said, referring to a Moscow landmark cathedral.

UN cafeterias to begin serving kosher

The United Nations will begin serving kosher food in its cafeterias. The decision Oct. 31 follows less than a month after Israel’s U.N. ambassador, Danny Danon, wrote to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for the change, pointing out that many U.N. employees and diplomats from around the world observe kashrut, Ynet reported.

U.N. cafeterias already offer halal, vegetarian and vegan selections.

“For many Jews around the world, eating kosher food is a fundamental aspect of religious practice,” Danon wrote in his letter last month. “We believe that all citizens of the world should feel welcome in the U.N.”


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