Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
Since 1882, HIAS Pennsylvania and its predecessor organization, the Association for Jewish Immigrants, have exemplified the full meaning of the Jewish value of welcoming the stranger, as well as the American sentiment of sanctuary as engraved inside the Statue of Liberty with the words of Emma Lazarus.
HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal and supportive services to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from all backgrounds in order to assure their fair treatment and full integration into American society.
HIAS Pennsylvania advocates for just and inclusive public policies and practices.
Our values are based on the core Jewish belief of "welcoming the stranger" and tzedakah (generosity, charity and fairness). HIAS Pennsylvania believes in newcomers as an asset, not a burden to the community.
We believe in the dignity of the individual. We believe in compassion, empathy, conscientiousness, tolerance, respect and commitment to a multicultural society.
We extend this value to every part of our agency, by promoting the hiring of staff and vendors from minority groups. You can read our Diversity Statement here.