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HIAS Pennsylvania’s 2023 Golden Door Awards: United for Immigrants

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Golden Door Awards on Thursday, April 20th, 2023, as we honored those who lead the way in support of immigrants and refugees!


Nelofar Asadi

a teenager, ripped from her homeland, who has never stopped using her art and her voice to bravely advocate for Afghan girls and women.

Blank Rome LLP

a stalwart pro bono partner whose attorneys and staff responded immediately to the Afghan crisis, providing representation to many Afghan clients in their asylum, humanitarian parole, and family reunification matters.

Mishkan Shalom Reconstructionist Synagogue &
St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church


The inaugural Resa Rudney Award, bestowed for extraordinary community support.

Mishkan Shalom Reconstructionist Synagogue and St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church are the epitome of welcoming the stranger and showing what makes Philadelphia a welcoming community.

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Duane Morris LLP

In memory of Susan and Kenneth Kaiserman z”l

Irwin Lipton in memory of Adele Lipton z”l

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Dveera Segal & Bradley Bridge, in honor of the Germantown Jewish Centre Refugee Welcoming Team

Carol Thomson & Paul Wheeling

Troutman Pepper


Ballard Spahr LLP

Blank Rome LLP

Dechert LLP

Clare Kahn Mozes & Sanford K. Mozes

Thomas B. Roberts

Sheila & Daniel Segal


The Hon. Harold Berger

Comcast NBCUniversal

Judith B. Ginsberg

Edda Katz

Landau, Hess, Simon, Choi & Doebley

The Meier and Berlinghof Families Fund

Philadelphia Federal Credit Union

Andrew Rogoff & Amy Ginensky

Richard Weisbrot & Barbara Shaiman

Larry & Harriet Weiss

Willig, Williams & Davidson


The Brant Family

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Victor Bustos Dominguez & Mayrel Hesiquio Vargas

Judy Drasin & Bob Washburn

Michael & Paula Dvorak

Exude, Inc.

Galfand Berger, LLP

Carol A. Gantman, PhD

Wendy & Steven Hess

Bud & Betty Hirsch

Holland & Knight LLP

Michael Horn & Susan Storb

Rebecca Katz

Main Line Reform Temple

Maureen Pelta & Alan M. Feldman

Esta R. Schwartz

Alice & Michael Solomon

Margret Trotzky, MD & Dennis Murphy

Wayne Immigrants Sponsor of Hope (WISH)

David & Betsy Wice

Roger & Lillian Youman



Connie & Dick Berman

Judith Bernstein-Baker & Karl Baker

Ann Cohen & Stuart Davidson

Dr. & Mrs. Steven Cohen

Arthur Cohn

Matthew I. Hirsch

In honor of Wayne Immigrants Sponsor of Hope (WISH)

Eve Biskind Klothen & Kenneth L. Klothen

Danielle LaGuerre

Langer, Grogan & Diver P.C.

Dr. Adele Lindenmeyr

The Hon. Frederica Massiah-Jackson

Kathy Ochroch & Peter Hilton-Kingdon

Rina & Ivan Rosenberg

Enid & Michael Rudney

Daniel Schwarz, Ph.D.

Mindy & Carl Silver

Irwin Solomon

Robert, Jamie, Scott, Alexandra & Wyatt Solomon

Anthony Vale

Ilene Wasserman & Mark Taylor

The Wenger Family



Mitchell & Bonnie Benson

Emily M. Cohen, Esq.

Suzanne & Norman Cohn

Arlene Fickler

Maria Giraldo Gallo & Juan Castrillón

Mary L. Goldman

Rabbi Alan Iser & Sharon Liebhaber

Carol Leiper

Richard & Paula Mandel

Denise & Jeffrey Portner

Cantor Marshall Portnoy

Karyn L. Scher

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Harris Sokoloff

Helen Szigeti

Ellen Weber

Esther Weinrach

Marsha Weinraub & Stuart Schmidt

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“The decline in immigration is one of the primary factors contributing to our current labor shortage.”

On Monday, April 3rd, 2023, Cathryn Miller Wilson, Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania, joined with Sarah Steltz, from The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, and Shaloo Jose, a HIAS PA legal team staffer who was caught in the struggle for more than a decade, to learn about work authorization from a business, political, and personal perspective.

Links shared during the event:
(215) 832-0900

Learn more about Driving PA Forward and House Bill 769 here:

More information on the current bill in PA Statehouse – Drivers License for All:

Learn more about how to advocate for driver’s licenses for all here:

If you have further questions, please email

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