Mormon Church Donates $200,000 to Jewish Refugee Resettlement Group

Mormon Church Donates $200,000 to Jewish Refugee Resettlement Group

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A report from The Times of Israel announces a pledge from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help Jewish and other refugees.

The $200,000 donation, which includes in-kind gifts of food and furniture, was given to HIAS, formerly known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, by Bishop Dean Davies.

According to the article, HIAS “will distribute to refugees across the country. It also will help the organization to offer the refugees pro bono legal services and assistance in reuniting refugees with family members.”

Mark Hetfield, the president of HIAS, said, “The work that we do at HIAS comes out of the Jewish experience as refugees ourselves. 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.”

The donation comes as the Church celebrates the 175th anniversary of Elder Orson Hyde’s dedication of Jerusalem as a gathering place for the Jewish people. A delegation of LDS leaders, including Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook, traveled to the Holy Land for the occasion.

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