Past Events

  • 5/20/2012 2:00pm to 4:30pm

    Join HIAS Pennsylvania as we WALK Against Hate with the Anti-Defamation League!

    This Sunday, May 20, hundreds will unite on the West River Drive from 2-4 PM to walk 5K in solidarity with the ADL and against bigotry and hatred in our community. The ADL has been working since 1913 to stop the defamation of Jewish people and secure fair treatment for all.

    This is the second annual walk - help us make it even better than the first!

    This year, HIAS Pennsylvania will be there with a team of staff and refugees - find us and walk with us! We'll have an international team with four refugees from Darfur who arrived in the past three months, our Haitian Health Corps member, our Refugee Case Manager, Bhutanese Nepalese and four other Bhutanese Nepalese.  These refugees are quite new to Philadelphia and had to flee their country due to ethnic cleansing.

    The more people we can bring, the merrier! If you'd like to join the HIAS Pennsylvania team, contact Marisa Falcon.


    For more information about the walk and how you can sign up, visit the ADL's WALK website.

  • 5/20/2012 1:00pm to 5:00pm

    Our friends at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia have done it again!

    This Sunday, celebrate Israeli Independence Day with an event not to be missed! As Israel turns 64, JFGP and dozens of vendors will be at Penn's Landing with a fun day packed full of events. The Franklin Institute will have an "archeological dig" to explore and the Jewish Exponent is hosting an activity booth for adults and kids alike. Visit an Israeli marketplace, get some delicious food, and hear wonderful Israeli singer Nurit Galron and the Isramerica House Band.


    Rain or shine, the event will be running from 1-5 PM at the Penn's Landing waterfront. Join in the fun!


  • 5/15/2012 6:30pm to 8:00pm


    The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ACLU are featuring a keynote speech by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Vargas for their May 15 Annual Meeting.

    Vargas is a widely respected and admired journalist who recently revealed himself as an undocumented immigrant in a New York Times Magazine essay. He is the founder of Define American, a new campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation about immigration. The speech will be focused on his personal story and the need for comprehensive immigration reform in the United States.

    Vargas will be speaking Tuesday, May 15, at 6:30pm at the National Constitution Center, Kirby Auditorium.

    The event is free and open to the public, with coffee and desserts following.


    Photo of Vargas courtesy of the Greater Philadelphia ACLU's Annual Meeting Event Page.

  • 5/11/2012 9:00am to 5:00pm



    The New York Immigration Coalition, HIAS Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition and The National Partnership for New Americans present

    How to Obtain BIA Recognition & Accreditation
    Overview of Citizenship & Naturalization Law

    The morning session of this training will provide an overview of the requirements for obtaining Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Recognition for your non-profit agency so that it may provide immigration legal services through Accredited Representatives.  We also will cover the requirements for obtaining accreditation for individual non-attorney employees of recognized agencies.  
    There is no CLE credit for the morning session. 
    The afternoon training will cover basic topics relating to naturalization and citizenship.  Topics will include acquisition and derivation of citizenship, eligibility for naturalization, impediments and bars to naturalization, practice and procedure. 

    Both trainings will be conducted by Thomas J. Shea, Esq. of the NYIC staff.  Judith Bernstein-Baker, Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania is a co-presenter for the morning session. 

    New York State CLE Credit:  4.0 credits in professional practice.  
    Pennsylvania CLE:  3.50S credits.

    Advanced registration is required, please send Jonathan Vidal at a copy of your registration form (PDF).


    REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS—PLEASE READ CAREFULLY All people registering to attend a CLE training through a NYIC member agency, other nonprofit organization, or employee of a private attorney must submit a letter on the agency or organization’s letterhead verifying that the registrant is an employee of the agency or organization and authorizing the registrant to attend the training(s). The letter must be signed by the head of the agency or the managing attorney. Non-member agencies can not participate in ICTI CLE trainings unless the agency is recognized by the BIA or is providing services under the direct supervision of an immigration attorney. NYIC members that are not BIA recognized and that are not supervised by an immigration attorney can not attend CLE trainings unless the head of the member agency provides a written and signed attestation that s/he understands what constitutes the “practice of law” and that the member does not and will not engage in the unauthorized practice of law.  The NYIC can provide a form attestation letter for the head of the member agency to sign. Please contact to obtain the attestation form. Non-member agencies that are not recognized by the BIA but that are providing legal services under the direct supervision of an immigration attorney must provide a letter, from that supervising attorney, stating that the attorney supervises the work of the registrant(s). NYIC member agencies and other 501(c) organizations submitting registrations on behalf of their staff to attend CLE trainings must submit a copy of their IRS 501(c) letter. The NYIC will not knowingly accept registration to attend CLE trainings from any person who provides legal representation without authorization pursuant to 8 CFR Part 292, such as “immigration consultants” and “notarios”.

  • 5/6/2012 8:00am to 8:00pm


    If you live in South Philadelphia, check out the Philly Food Forest as they Occupy Vacant Lots on Sunday May 6 as they garden at the Mercy Edible Park on Mercy Street between 5th and 6th. A combination work party and potluck, volunteers will be there all day planting, weeding and whatever else is needed to keep this lovely garden going! 

    Free vegetables are available from the garden, so stop by and pick some up or join in and plant your own!



    Photo from Philly Food Forest website, Mercy Edible Park page.

  • 5/5/2012 11:00am to 1:00pm

    Fernanda Marroquin is a 22 year old woman living in Philadelphia and becoming increasingly aware of the struggles she is facing because of her inability to get legal permanent residency. Now acting as one of the leaders in the DREAM Activist community, fighting to get  people like her, who have lived in the states all their lives and are in good standing, to get access to public higher education and and eventual path to citizenship. On Saturday, May 5, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute will be screening the 20 minute film of her story, "Out of the Shadows," written and produced by 10 students in Villanova University's Center for Social Justice Film. The screening will be free and open to the public, with doors opening half an hour before the film.


    Photo from the UpStares Production Events Page.

  • 5/4/2012 6:00pm to 8/31/2012 8:00pm

    Join us in support of our friends and allies at the Philadelphia Folklore Project at 753 South 50th Street from 6-8pm for a photo exhibit curated by PFP, Asian Americans United and other partners. In December 2009, South Philadelphia High School erupted in violence against Asian American students, and as a result, dozens of the victimized students boycotted their high school and launched a civil rights campaign around a district's responsibility to provide a safe educational climate. This exhibition features voices from a campaign that sought educational justice in a school struggling with violence and racial discord. Featuring photography by Harvey Finkle and Kathy Shimizu.

    Free opening reception on May 4, refreshments provided.

    Exhibition will be up and free to the public through August 31.

  • 4/24/2012 5:30pm to 8:30pm

      For ad specifications and requirements, or any questions regarding registration, contact Marisa Falcon at or 215-832-0940.

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  • 11/20/2011 2:00pm


    Join Us for the Third Annual Refugee Thanksgiving Dinner

    Sunday, November 20th at 2PM at Old Pine Community Center

    Volunteers are welcome to help at this event. This is a great way to connect with new refugees in their first experience of Thanksgiving in the United States.


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