Religious Leaders of Greater Philadelphia Statement in Support of Immigration Reform

Religiously Diverse, United for Immigration Reform

Adopted January 29, 2014

We are religious leaders representing thirty traditions and more than two million constituents in the greater Philadelphia area; and WE ARE UNITED.

Interfaith Press Conference for Immigration Reform


MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Thursday, November 7 at 10am 

CONTACT:Nicole Kligerman, (484) 437 9676 English, Spanish.

Prominent Clergy Hold Interfaith Press Conference for Immigration Reform

200 Pennsylvania Faith Leaders Sign Open Letter to PA Representatives:

“The time is now for compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform!”

WHAT Interfaith Press Conference for Immigration Reform

WHO Press Conference Speakers:

Philadelphia Bar Foundation to Honor Judi Bernstein Baker

We are proud to announce that the Philadelphia Bar Foundation has announced that it will be honoring HIAS Pennsylvania's Executive Director Judi Bernstein-Baker at the 35th Annual Andrew Hamilton Benefit. As stated on their press release:

Action Alert: Oppose the SAFE Act October 17


Sign a letter to your Congressman for a Jewish day of action to oppose the SAFE Act.

The Jewish community has serious concerns about the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement” (SAFE) Act, H.R. 2278, which was approved by the House Judiciary Committee in June 2013.

Managing Attorney Philippe Weisz on CBS Philly

Did you know:

There are people who pretend to be immigration legal experts in order to exploit unknowing immigrants? These notarios charge unreasonable fees for help they cannot give in order to exploit a needing population and to make a quick buck - and sometimes end up getting those they claim to be helping into deportation. Its a known harm in the immigrant rights community, and our Managing Attorney Philippe Weisz recently spoke to the local press about it. See the full article below!

Providing Know Your Rights Sessions to Unaccompanied Youth

Each year, thousands of children fleeing war and poverty enter the United States unaccompanied by an adult or separated from their parents or legal guardians. Although many of them meet conditions that would allow them to remain in the country legally, going through immigration proceedings without legal help is daunting.
In April of 2013, the offices of HIAS Pennsylvania got a call: the Vera Institute of Justice  had a project and our organization was perfect to undertake it.

HIAS Pennsylvania Welcomes Proposed Immigration Reform Legislation: A Historic Bill Which Must be Improved

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HIAS Pennsylvania welcomes the Senate’s introduction of bipartisan legislation to reform the U.S. immigration system. The newly introduced legislation makes serious strides towards returning fairness and justice to a system that has for many years been undermining the fabric of our nation. 

Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania Selected For Immigration Study Tour to Germany

Judith Bernstein-Baker, the Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania, was selected to join a delegation of immigration policy experts, legal scholars, legislators, journalists, and academics from 16 states to participate in a week long German Study Tour from April 14 to April 19, 2013.  HIAS Pennsylvania, a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey provides legal, social and support services to immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia region.  The agency has served over 320,000 newcomers sin

Philadelphia City Council Passes Resolution on Immigration

Philadelphia City Council passed a strong resolution supporting fair and humane immigration reform on February 14, 2013. Many community and advocacy groups provided input into the resolution, including HIAS Pennsylvania. A number of immigrants and community leaders testified in favor of the resolution. Read the resolution.


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