Past Events

  • 11/21/2014 11:30am to 4:00pm

    Learn about the basics of asylum law and the application process in order to take on pro bono asylum cases. 

  • 10/29/2014 7:00pm to 8:30pm

    In October, HIAS Pennsylvania's Executive Director, Judi Bernstein-Baker, will be interviewing author Steven Pressman at Beth Zion-Beth Israel about his new book:

    50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany

    Based on the acclaimed HBO documentary, the astonishing true story of how one American couple transported fifty Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Austria to America in 1939—the single largest group of unaccompanied refugee children allowed into the United States—for readers of In the Garden of Beasts and A Train in Winter.

    In early 1939, America's rigid immigration laws made it virtually impossible for European Jews to seek safe haven in the United States. As deep-seated anti-Semitism and isolationism gripped much of the country, neither President Roosevelt nor Congress rallied to their aid.

    Yet one brave Jewish couple from Philadelphia refused to silently stand by. Risking their own safety, Gilbert Kraus, a successful lawyer, and his stylish wife, Eleanor, traveled to Nazi-controlled Vienna and Berlin to save fifty Jewish children. Steven Pressman brought the Kraus's rescue mission to life in his acclaimed HBO documentary, 50 Children. In this book, he expands upon the story related in the hour-long film, offering additional historical detail and context to offer a rich, full portrait of this ordinary couple and their extraordinary actions.

    Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, rare historical documents, and interviews with more than a dozen of the surviving children, and illustrated with period photographs, archival materials, and memorabilia, 50 Children is a remarkable tale of personal courage and triumphant heroism that offers a fresh, unique insight into a critical period of history.

  • 10/19/2014 12:00pm to 5:00pm

  • 9/30/2014 10:30am to 2:30pm

    HIAS Pennsylvania, together with the AILA Pro Bono Committee and La Comunidad Hispana, will be conducting a training  for immigration and family law attorneys interested in representing unaccompanied minors.


    The Schedule:

    10:30 AM – 12 PM: representation of unaccompanied children in removal proceedings, including handling the immigration portion of a Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Status Petition.

    12 - 1 PM.: net-working lunch, courtesy of Blank, Rome

    1 PM - 2:30 PM: family court portion of an SIJ petition.


    The morning portion of the training is meant for immigration attorneys who are unfamiliar with SIJ petitions and the afternoon portion of the training is meant for family law attorneys who are unfamiliar with SIJ petitions.

    The luncheon is for both subsets of attorneys to meet and get to know one another.
    Those attorneys interested in providing both halves of the representation are invited to attend both parts of the training.


    CLE approval is pending. Training is free for those willing to take a case. Space is limited and child abuse clearances are required. If interested, contact Cathryn Miller-Wilson.

  • 9/17/2014 12:00pm to 1:30pm


    This event is in memory of Michael Katz, devoted academic and Board Member. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • 9/15/2014 9:00am to 11:00am

    This event will be filmed and broadcast. Please arrive no later than 9:30 in order to ensure a prompt start.

    Children from Central America are fleeing their countries for reasons that include gang and domestic violence, severe poverty, lack of governmental protections, and long time separation from family members (some in temporary lawful immigration status in the U.S.).

    A growing number of these unaccompanied minors are being relocated in the Philadelphia region. As such, this humanitarian crisis presents important challenges that require understanding of the unique needs and issues facing these children. This forum will provide an opportunity to learn from experts with first-hand experience in this issue and will outline the various ways in which we can collectively act to provide relief.


    Guest Panelists:

    -Steven Larin, Nationalities Service Center
    -Prof. Milton Machuca-Galvez, Swarthmore College
    -Elizabeth Yaeger, HIAS Pennsylvania
    -Mary Clark, Esperanza Immigration Legal Services



  • 8/27/2014 5:30pm

    Join us for a community meeting about the ebola outbreak has been organized for next week with Carla Pendino (USCIS Community Relations Officer), who will explain what immigration relief measures, if any, are available to clients and their families. All are welcome.

  • 7/10/2014 5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Summer has finally, truly hit Philadelphia now, just in time for another Young Friends Happy Hour! Learn about our advocacy efforts to convince Congress to cut through the red tape instead of refugee funding, and our upcoming panel about the many unaccompanied minors coming to the US. And we're still collecting fans for refugee homes!

    Join us at Mixto for their happy hour:
    Bubbles Night $5
    Wine $5
    Cerveza $3

  • 6/21/2014 1:00pm to 4:00pm



  • 4/30/2014 5:30pm to 8:30pm


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