Past Events

  • 10/5/2013 12:00pm

    On October 5, immigrant communities and their allies will be holding marches and rallies in over 60 cities across the country calling for just and humane immigration reform with a pathway citizenship, legal immigration rules that promote family unity and protect worker rights, an end to the destruction of our families through deportations, and a halt to the rush towards massive wasteful spending on unneeded border militarization and for profit immigrant detention prisons.

    Here in Pennsylvania, join Pennsylvania United for Immigration Reform (PUIR) for a rally at LOVE Park calling for immigration reform that promotes family unification, followed by a march to the ICE offices to demand an end to deportations.

    Keep Our Families United! Immigration Rally for Dignity and Respect

    Our partner PICC is coordinating transportation from several points outside Philadelphia. To RSVP and reserve a spot on a bus, please contact one of the people listed below:

    Kennett Square/West Chester: Jorge Salazar,
    Phoenixville/Norristown: Nicole Klegerman,
    Bucks County: Sundrop Carter,
    Lehigh Valley: Max Cohen,

    If you are planning on driving, there is $5 all-day parking nearby: Philadelphia Gateway Parking Garage, 1540 Vine St, 215-246-0300.

  • 10/3/2013 5:30pm to 7:00pm

  • 10/1/2013 4:00pm to 8:00pm


    *Note: You don't actually need to bring a flyer, just say you're there for HIAS Pennyslvania and that counts just as well. But if you still want a flyer (just in case!), click on that link below that says "chipotle.pdf" and you can download it for yourself.

  • 9/18/2013 12:00pm to 1:30pm


    Councilwoman Sanchez has been a vocal proponent of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) and spearheaded Philadelphia's own resolution in support of CIR with Councilman Kenney. She has also written the local Land Bank Bill which calls for the creation of a fair, transparent, and accountable Land Bank in Philadelphia, a proposal HIAS Pennsylvania strongly supports as a vehicle to promote gardening projects for immigrants and refugees.



  • 8/1/2013 5:00pm to 7:00pm

  • 7/25/2013 5:00pm to 8/29/2013 8:00pm

    The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) is running weekly phone banks to garner collective action on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) each Thursday.

    The CIR bill has moved from the Senate to the House - an exciting move forward but not the end of the debate by any means! Lend your support and bring your friends to help make the call and bring immigration reform into reality.

    If you are interested in joining us, register below so we can get a headcount.

    Guests are encouraged to bring a laptop or iPad.


    Want to learn more about immigration reform?

    Visit our CIR landing page



  • 6/22/2013 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Celebrate World Refugee Day (official date June 20) on Saturday June 22 at the Gilbert Spruance School in Northeast Philadelphia.

    The day will be featuring delicious Arab, Sudanese, Darfuri and Nepali food music, dancing and acitivities for children. Bring your friends, family and Ipod loaded with music to share.



    To get there, take the 59 bus from the intersection of Cottman & Caster Avenues to Castor & Hellerman, walk left down Hellerman Street toward the Gilbert Spruance School.


    Event Partners & Funders:
    American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program, HIAS Pennsylvania, JEVS Human Services, Lutheran Children and Family Services, Nationalities Service Center, Pennsylvania Department of Migrant Education, Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative, SEAMAAC, Women’s Opportunity Resource Center, School District of Philadelphia 


    Photo from World Refugee Day 2012

  • 6/20/2013 3:30pm to 9:00pm

    This year's Russian Speaking Professionals Network of Greater Philadelphia (“RSPN”) Business Trends Forum hopes to draw parallels between the Refusnik movement, which paved the way for many immigrants from the former Soviet Union to escape religious persecution and find new economic, political and social opportunities in America, and immigrants from all over the world, coming to the United States today, seeking the same opportunities that many Soviet Jews sought in the 1980s and early 1990s, but facing a continuous struggle for equality, recognition and basic Civil Rights.

    The Forum will examine the past, present and future of immigration in the United States from varied perspectives and will include view points from former Refusniks, members of the Philadelphia Soviet Jewry Council, leading academics, social activists, business leaders and legal practitioners.  The keynote address, discussing the perspective on immigration from our neighbors, will be delivered by the Honorable Carlos Giralt, the Consul General of the Federal States of Mexico in Philadelphia.

    The Forum is organized by The Russian Speaking Professionals Network of Greater Philadelphia (“RSPN”) in conjunction with HIAS Pennsylvania, the National Museum of the American Jewish History and the American Jewish Committee – Philadelphia Regional Office.

    The Speakers and Presenters will include:

    Panel I – Refusnik Movement –The Struggle Behind the Curtain – Right to Choose a Place to Live (Suggested Name)

    Lisa Holstein, Editor-in-Chief, The Jewish Exponent, Moderator
    Professor Igor Kotler, Museum of Human Rights Freedom and Tolerance
    Connie Smukler, Philadelphia Soviet Jewry Movement
    Marina Merlin, Refugee Resettlement Services, HIAS Migration Services of Pennsylvania


    The Honorable Carlos Giralt-Cabrales, Consul General and Deputy Ambassador, Federal States of Mexico in Philadelphia

    Panel II - The Dream – Building a Life in America (Suggested Name)

    Francois Ihor-Mazur, Esquire – The Law Offices of Francois Ihor-Mazur, P.C.; Moderator
    Peter Gonzalez, Esquire Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
    Maria Sotomayor, Pennsylvania Immigrant Coalition (Dreamer)
    Professor Jon Grode, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
    Lenin Aguido, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, The City of Reading (Dreamer)
    Philippe Weisz, Esquire, Managing Attorney, HIAS Migration Services of Pennsylvania


    The Honorable Kenyatta Johnson, Councilman, District 2, The City of Philadelphia

    ***Complimentary open bar and delicious heavy hors d'Oeuvres by Kuzina Hospitality Group!***

    RSPN Members:
    $40.00 per person
    $20.00 per full-time student

    $60.00 per person
    $40.00 per full-time student$40.00 non-profit organizations

    *Cost of admission includes panel discussions, networking reception, complimentary open bar and heavy hors d'Oeuvres by Kuzina Hospitality Group, admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History exhibits, as well as  CLE credits.

    **You must pre-register for the this event. No admission will be granted at the door. Register at the RSPN page.

  • 5/30/2013 5:00pm to 7:00pm

  • 5/23/2013 (All day) to 6/30/2013 (All day)

    The Hidden City Philadelphia Festival is happening right now!

    The Festival celebrates the power of place through the imagination of contemporary artists, inspiring people to explore the city’s history and imagine new futures for our urban landscape. Artists of diverse disciplines and media create site-specific work that illuminates abandoned, obscure or inaccessible sites throughout the city.

    The festival will feature nine sites of historical and community interest, including several buildings looking for new ideas to bring them back to life, from the vacant and beguiling Germantown Town Hall, to Shivtei Yeshuron, a 19th century row house synagogue in South Philadelphia.

    Shivtei Yeshuron will be hosting a radical Jewish concert series throughout the month as well as arts projects. We encourage you to visit all the sites - each is an interesting look into corners of Philadelphia not normally accessible - but if you have a special interest in Philadelphia's Jewish history, take some time before June 30 to stop by 4th and McKean!


    Shivtei Yeshuron's Landing Page

    All the Hidden City Locations



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