Refugee Shabbat, a project of HIAS, which will take place on February 3-4, 2023, is a moment for congregations, organizations, and individuals in the United States and around the world to dedicate a Shabbat experience to refugees and asylum seekers. The fastest-growing European refugee crisis since World War II is still ongoing. People seeking asylum are being turned away at borders around the world. And this year, for the first time ever, the total number of displaced persons globally is over 100 million. This is a critical moment for all of us to reaffirm and redouble our support for refugees and asylum seekers.

How to Participate

Whether you sign up to participate on behalf of your congregation or as an individual hosting an event in a home, there are many options for your Refugee Shabbat. When you register on the HIAS website at you will receive the official Refugee Shabbat Resource Guide, which includes a text study, program suggestions, sermon starters, a Spotify playlist, as well as a Refugee Shabbat video message from Rachel Levitan, HIAS’s Vice President of International Policy and Relations.