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America -- and Judaism -- at Its Best

EAST WINDSOR, N.J. — For many years, I have wished more Americans would know about HIAS. Now I am heartbroken by why they will.

The man charged with killing 11 people on Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh posted a message online just a few hours before the massacre: “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

Many Americans are now wondering what HIAS is and who it brings to America. I first heard of those four

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