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Welcome to the 70th RNA Annual Conference!
Thursday, September 19 • 11:05am - 12:05pm
PANEL: Welcoming the Stranger: How Sacred Texts Inform Emerging Immigration Views

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What do the Bible and other religious texts say about the notion of hospitality or “welcoming strangers?” This panel takes a look at how sacred texts in various faith traditions have played a role in the immigration debate, and how different sides have used or weaponized religious texts and teachings to support their opinions on immigration, particularly when it comes to how refugees and asylum-seekers are treated.

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Dave Schechter

Freelance Journalist
@daveschechter  //  Dave Schechter is a freelance writer, mostly on various aspects of Jewish life (with the occasional piece on soccer). He previously worked 28-plus years at CNN, beginning with two years as the network's Jerusalem bureau producer and then in various capacities... Read More →

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Nahla Kayali

Founder & Executive Director, Access California Services
nkayali@accesscal.org  //  (714) 917-0440  //  A recipient of the “Champion of Change” award from the White House in 2014, Nahla Kayali is described as an advocate and a leader who inspires, elevates, and empowers underserved individuals and families to ensure they have access... Read More →
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Mark Tooley

President, Institute on Religion and Democracy
mtooley@theird.org  //  202-682-4131  //  Mark Tooley is IRD’s president and editor of IRD’s foreign policy and national security journal, "Providence." Prior to joining the IRD in 1994, Mark worked eight years for the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a graduate of Georgetown... Read More →
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Mark Hetfield

President and CEO, HIAS
mark.hetfield@hias.org // 301-844-7267  //  Mark Hetfield is the president and chief executive officer of HIAS, the world's oldest organization dedicated to refugees, founded in 1881 as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. A global agency guided by Jewish values assisting refugees... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 11:05am - 12:05pm
Ballroom A