Our Mission

“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt...”   
- Leviticus 19: 33-34

Since 1882, HIAS Pennsylvania and its predecessor organization, the Association for Jewish Immigrants, have exemplified the full meaning of the Jewish value of welcoming the stranger, as well as the American sentiment of sanctuary as engraved inside the Statue of Liberty with the words of Emma Lazarus.

Mission Statement

HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal and supportive services to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from all backgrounds in order to assure their fair treatment and full integration into American society.

HIAS Pennsylvania advocates for just and inclusive public policies and practices.

Our Values

Our values are based on the core Jewish belief of "welcoming the stranger" and tzedakah (generosity, charity and fairness). HIAS Pennsylvania believes in newcomers as an asset, not a burden to the community.


We believe in the dignity of the individual. We believe in compassion, empathy, conscientiousness, tolerance, respect and commitment to a multicultural society.


We extend this value to every part of our agency, by promoting the hiring of staff and vendors from minority groups. You can read our Diversity Statement here.



Our Programs

  • Representation and legal counseling before immigration agencies and courts
  • Citizenship, refugee resettlement and other social services to assist newly arriving immigrants, refugees and those recently granted asylum
  • Advocacy and education related to immigrant issues and rights