Past Events

  • 4/23/2013 5:30pm to 8:30pm


  • 4/20/2013 (All day) to 4/21/2013 (All day)

    Join us for Pro Bono Citizenship Weekend

    April 20 & 21, 2013


    Pro Bono Citizenship Weekend is a collaborative community-wide project, sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association – Philadelphia Chapter, La Comunidad Hispana, Downingtown Library, Keystone Opportunity Center with the Lansdale Public Library, Multicultural Community Family Services of Upper Darby, ACLU of Pennsylvania, CEIBA, District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, HIAS Pennsylvania, Nationalities Service Center, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, and The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.  More organizations are joining all the time. Pennsylvania will celebrate Pro Bono Citizenship Weekend 2013 on April 20 and 21.

    We are bringing Pro Bono Citizenship Weekend to counties outside of Philadelphia for 2013:

    April 20: Chester County: La Comunidad Hispana
    731 W Cypress St  Kennett Square, PA 19348
    Montgomery County: Lansdale Public Library
    301 Vine Street, Lansdale, PA 19446
    Delaware County: Multicultural Community Family Services
    7016 Terminal Square  Upper Darby, PA 19082

    April 21: Chester County: Downingtown Library
    330 E Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
    Site in Allentown, PA to be announced


    Want to Help?

    Join teams of volunteer attorneys in providing free assistance to eligible lawful permanent residents who wish to apply for U.S. citizenship. We are especially eager to welcome attorneys from the counties to volunteer. Attorneys from all practice areas are welcome; you don’t need to be an immigration attorney to participate.

    Free Attorney Training Sessions on the U.S. Citizenship Procedure

    1.5 CLE credits issued to those who volunteer on Pro Bono Citizenship Weekend

    Session # 1: Wednesday, March 6, 12:00-1:30 pm
    Location: Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia

    Session # 2: Thursday, March 28, 12:30-2:00pm

    Location: Duane Morris, 30 South 17th Street, 12th Floor, Philadelphia

    Webinar: Thursday, April 11, 2:00-3:30pm

    To sign up for any session e-mail: Sarina Issenberg or call 215-832-0900.
    Attorney registration form linked below.


    To be eligible for citizenship you must meet the following requirements

    Reside in the United States as a permanent resident for 5 years (3 years if living with and married to a U.S. citizen)

    Remain in the U.S. for at least half of the 5 years period (or 3, if married to a U.S. citizen)

    Be at least 18 years old

    Proficient in reading, writing and speaking English

    o   You may be eligible to take the civics test in your own language if you are:

    §   age 50+ and living in the U.S. for 20yrs as a legal permanent resident

    §  age  55+ and living in U.S. for 15 years as a legal permanent resident

    Pay the government application fee $680

    o    Individuals who receive public benefits, or are 150% of the poverty level or below, qualify for a fee waiver

  • 4/10/2013 3:30pm to 6:00pm



    On April 10th, we will make our voices heard loud and clear that we expect Congress to fix our broken immigration system in 2013. We will educate, march, rally, pray and knock on the doors of Congress until President Obama signs commonsense immigration reform that includes a realistic path to citizenship.

    For too long, our communities have suffered under a defective and outdated immigration system that stifles our economic growth, makes political scapegoats out of immigrants, and tears families apart. The time is now for justice. The time is now for citizenship!

    El 10 de abril, vamos alzar nuestras voces y esperamos que el Congreso nos escuche. Nuestro sistema de inmigración está roto y tiene que ser arreglado este año. Vamos a educarnos, a marchar juntos, a orar y manifestarnos en las puertas del Congreso hasta que el Presidente Obama firme una reforma que tenga sentido común e incluya un camino a la ciudadanía.

    Por demasiado tiempo, nuestras comunidades han sufrido bajo un sistema migratorio defectuoso y anticuado que ahoga nuestro crecimiento económico, explota a los inmigrantes y destroza familias. Ahora es el momento para la justicia. Ahora es el momento para dar ciudadanía a todos!


    We'll be there with the best of them, supporting the swell that is growing in the United States for comprehensive immigration reform. See you there!


    Follow the rally on Twitter both leading up to and on the day of with the hashtags #A10 and #TimeIsNow.

  • 3/28/2013 7:00pm to 9:30pm

    Get student tickets at

    All other tickets can be purchased here and are 100% tax deductible.




  • 3/13/2013 8:30am to 6:00pm

    "Repairing the Broken Door: Strategies for Immigration Advocacy and Reform" featuring Keynote Speaker: Jose Antonio Vargas

    Tentative Schedule:

    8:30-9:00am:  Breakfast and Registration

    9:00am:  Opening Remarks

    9:15am:  Where Are We Now? The State of Immigration Today

    9:45am:  Policing Immigrant Communities: State and Local Immigration Enforcement Trends and Challenges

    11:15am: Working Outside the Lines: Immigrants and Exclusion from Labor and Employment Protections

    12:45pm:  Lunch


    • Keynote Introduction – Tania Chairez, University of Pennsylvania Student and DREAM Act Activist   

    • Keynote Speaker - Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder of Define American, Former Washington Post Journalist, New York, New York

    2:00pm:  Strategizing Gender and Sexuality: How Personal Narratives Shape and are Shaped by the Immigration System

    3:30pm:  Where Do We Go from Here? Priorities for Immigration Reform

    5:00pm:  Cocktail Reception

    6:00pm:  Public Interest Student and Alumni Dinner

  • 2/23/2013 11:00am to 1:00pm

    This Saturday the 23rd, HIAS Pennsylvania will be running a South Philadelphia Clothing Drive for resettled refugees in the community who need more warm winter gear. Stop by and lend a hand or pick up a coat.

    A special thanks to the youth who came in and helped organize all the donations! See more pictures of them on our Facebook page.

    Have clothing you want to donate before Saturday? Contact Chloe Tomlinson for details. 

  • 2/10/2013 9:00am to 9:00pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is once again hosting their annual day of philanthropy and fun on Sunday, February 10th. HIAS Pennsylvania will be there, tabling and making phone calls with the best of them. There are three volunteer phoning shifts available for you to sign up for - register here!


    Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
    272 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
    9 AM to 9 PM

    HIAS Pennsylvania will be tabling from 9-4, so come by, say hello and help support our friends, allies and funders,
    the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

  • 2/7/2013 5:00pm to 8:00pm

    Join us for the second annual non-profit board service training hosted by Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, providers of great pro bono assistance and some stellar Board members for HIAS Pennsylvania. Last year's was an informative discussion of the legal implications of Board membership and cheery cocktail hour - this year's is sure to be just as engaging.

    Members of the HIAS Pennsylvania staff and Board will be there - come by to learn and chat!

    Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

    2nd Annual Non-Profit Board Service Institute

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

    Protecting Charities through Legal Structures and Good Governance

    Registration                                       5:00 – 5:30

    Substantive Program                           5:30 – 7:00

    Cocktails & Appetizers                        7:00 – 8:00

    This program, tailored for nonprofit senior executives and board members, focuses on using legal structures and good governance to protect charitable assets and programs. 

    Discussion topics are:  

    Regulation, where the IRS and Pennsylvania officials are focused in monitoring charities

    Good governance, how a Board member can ensure a charity is properly structured and complies with all necessary state and federal rules - without micromanaging staff

    Restructuring, given the current economy, many charities are considering affiliating, merging with another charity, creating subsidiaries, or otherwise restructuring; we’ll outline some of the benefits and burdens associated with various alternatives 

    The hour-long substance-packed presentation will be followed by a 30 minute panel discussion and cocktail reception.

    R.S.V.P. by January 25, 2013 to Katie Gaydon:, 215-751-2487



  • 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




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