Past Events

  • 12/8/2012 8:00pm to 12/9/2012 2:00pm


    Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5: 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA


    Saturday, December 8, 8pm
    Talk-Back: In Search of Home - Kids Risk All to Come to the States

    Panelists will discuss the role of youth immigrants in our current immigration system. Speakers will include members of the cast, HIAS Pennsylvania Unaccompanied Minors Program Director Liz Yaeger and Lesly Flores, one of her clients.

    Sunday, December 9, 2pm
    Talk-Back: Why Immigration Still Matters

    Members of the cast. Varsovia Fernandez from the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Vlad (Judah) Khaykin from the American Jewish Committee will discuss why immigration is still something that Jews and Latinos alike need to be concerned about today and moving forward.



    Sold out? Contact MARISA FALCON to get on the wait list.


  • 11/4/2012
    3:00pm to 6:30pm


    HIAS Pennsylvania is proud to co-sponsor Gratz College's Ester Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In, this Sunday.

    Ester Tuzman is the mother of one of our long time Board members and her Holocaust Education Fund made this event possible.

    The Genocidal Mind

    Dr. Robert Jay Lifton, world-renowned psychiatrist and Holocaust scholar, will deliver the keynote lecture, “The Genocidal Mind,” followed by breakout sessions on various Holocaust-related topics and survivor testimonies.

    Dr. Lifton will discuss his major research studies and their bearing on the genocidal mentality: Nazi doctors and the reversal of their roles from healers into torturers and murderers; Chinese thought reform and its effort to control identity and belief; the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and its relationship to unlimited technological killing; and the Vietnam War and its creation of “atrocity producing situations” in which ordinary people could become capable of atrocity. Dr. Lifton will also discuss psychological and historical currents that can combat the genocidal mentality and offer alternative directions.

    Download the complete brochure

    Feel free to forward the links or downloaded copies of the pdf to friends and colleagues.
    All participants attend the keynote lecture in the auditorium, followed by a number of Seminar II and III choices. Participants must complete and return the registration form with Seminar II and III selections.

         - $10 per person in advance ($15 at the door)

    Admission with ACT 48 Activity Hours for PA teachers or NJ teacher professional development hours:
         - $18 per person in advance ($25 at the door)

    Admission with 2 Substantive CLE credits for attorneys:
         - $60 in advance ($75 at the door)

    Online Registration Here!

    For more information, contact Mindy Blechman,,  215-635-7300 x154



  • 10/31/2012
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Writer, social justice advocate and Pulitzer Prize winner Sonia Nazario is coming to Philadelphia!

    October 31, 2012

    The Chancellor's Forum will be held at the

    Philadelphia Bar Association

    1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, from 12:00-1:30pm


    Sonia will be speaking at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Chancellor's Forum and selling her book. Enrique's Journey is the incredible story of a Honduran boy's journey to join his mother in the United States after eleven years apart. A harrowing and powerful tale, Sonia creates an incredible view into the world of immigration and the story of the thousands of children who come seeking reconciliation with the family they miss.

    Registration is free but required for all guests of HIAS Pennsylvania or the Philadelphia Bar Association. Additional lunch fee optional.

    This is an event you won't want to miss!


    All registration must be done through the Bar Association's Site: Register Here.


  • 9/27/2012
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    For the Children

    HIAS Pennsylvania's 2012 Annual Meeting

    Celebrate the installation of our new Board members and the achievements of HIAS Pennsylvania, our supporters and our friends.

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Jewish Community Services Building
    Lindy Board Room, 2nd Floor
    2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Please RSVP by September 17.


  • 9/7/2012
    9:30am to 3:30pm




    CLE Program on Immigration Remedies for Victims of Domestic Abuse

    Staff Attorney, Lisa Hurlbutt will be in State College, PA next week, speaking at the CLE Program on Immigration Remedies for Victims of Domestic Abuse, co-sponsored by Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights and the Centre County Women’s Resource Center’s Civil Legal Representation Project.

    The program will include the “nuts and bolts” of the U visa, T visa and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) protections and also a discussion about how the policy and politics affect the scope of these protections.  Lisa will be joined by:

    Justine Andronici, Director, Centre County Women's Resource Center's Civil Legal Representation Project

    Rena Cutlip-Mason, Senior Advisor, Office of Citizenship and Immigration Service Ombudsman, Department of Homeland Security

    Joanne Lin, Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

    Lesyle Orloff, Associate Vice President and Director, National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project, American University Washington College of Law

    Christie Popp, Directing Attorney, Immigrants' and Language Rights Center, Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

    Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Director of Legal Services, National Immigrant Justice Center


    Find more information about the event and registration: Photo courtesy of the same site.

  • 7/13/2012 6:00pm to 8/26/2012 9:00pm


    Friday featured the opening an incredible exhibit at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens featuring photos by refugees across Philadelphia, and will stay open through August 26.

    A number of refugees around Philadelphia were given cameras and asked to take pictures of whatever reminded them of home or they considered to be an important reflection of America or American culture. The resulting exhibit provides short statements explaining why they took the photos, and is a powerful, moving testament of the relationship between refugees, American society, and the homes they fled from.

    The exhibit is one of the projects being led by the Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative, a group of resettlement agencies, mental health providers, physicians and arts organizations working to link refugees to culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health care. HIAS Pennsylvania serves as one of the core partners, along with Lutheran Children and Family Service (Lead), Nationalities Service Center, Nemours Pediatrics, Belmont Center for Comprehensive Care and BuildaBridge.  Additional partners include: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, Jefferson Department of Family and Community Medicine and Hall Mercer.

    For more about the show and the purpose of the Collaborative, check out this great article from March on



    Photo courtesy of Philadelphia's Magic Gardens website.

  • 6/23/2012
    1:00pm to 4:00pm


    Join HIAS Pennsylvania, Mural Arts and 11 other partners as we celebrate

    World Refugee Day 2012!

    Southeast by Southeast

    Every June 20, the United Nations celebrates World Refugee Day, honoring the courage, strength and determination of the men, women and children who have been displaced from their homes and forced to flee as a result of perscution and violence.

    In Philadelphia, we are celebrating the following Saturday, June 23rd, with a day full of music, art, food and live performances. The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has created the Southeast by Southeast project, which strives to use art to bring the Philadelphia community together the celebrate the diversity and resilience of Philadelphia's immigrant populations.


    Thanks to our funders:

    Development of Behavorial Health and Intellectual Disability Services, Hummingbird Foundation, Philadelphia Refugee Health Collaborative

    And to our other partnering agencies:

    American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Children's Crisis Treatment Center, JEVS Human Services, Lutheran Children and Family Services, Nationalities Services Center, Pennsylvania Department of Migrant Education, Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative, PhillyRising, SEAMAAC, Southeast Philadelphia Community Collaborative, Women's Opportunity Resource Center

  • 6/1/2012
    8:00pm to 10:00pm


    Our friends at Houses on the Moon, a New York City theatre company, are bringing Tara's Crossing, a play by Emmy-nominated writer Jefferey Solomon about a transgender woman fleeing Guyana for asylum in the United States, only to end up in a government detention center. The story tracks her fight to prove her persecution and why she has fled to the United States. It was inspired by dozens of interviews with sexual minority asylum seekers in New York, Washington, DC and San Francisco.

    This play is one of the first to deal with gays, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered refugees seeking asylum, a process which has only been in place since 1994, and will be featured at the 11th Annual Trans Health Conference in Philadelphia and free and open to the public.

    Houses on the Moon is also the theatre company behind De Novo, the incredible story of a Guatemalan boy who fled from the gangs he grew up with to the United States, only to be deported back to the people he ran from. More about that show coming soon!

    For more about the 2012 Trans Health Conference, a program of Mazzoni Center, click here to learn about their programs and to register. The Conference is completely free to ensure it is as inclusive and accessible as poossible.


    Photo courtesy of the Houses on the Moon website.

  • 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!



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