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

Thursday, April 20, 2023, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2023 Golden Door Awards!


Emcee: Cathryn Miller-Wilson, Executive Director

Welcome by Rebecca Katz, Board President

Blank Rome LLP

Nelofar Asadi

Resa Rudney Award

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

The Golden Door Awards is HIAS Pennsylvania’s annual fundraiser. Your generous support helps us serve low-income immigrants from all over the world as they build new lives in our community.

Honoring 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.

The Resa Rudney Award

Resa Rudney was an extraordinary woman—compassionate, devoted to family and friends, giving of herself, and admired by all who knew her. She was passionate about social causes and was always on a mission to do something that would make a difference in someone’s life. Her activism included work with Hadassah, Technion, Israel Bonds, Main Line Reform Temple, and Habitat for Humanity, where at the age of 78, she flew to Mississippi to help build houses for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

She was a strong believer in HIAS Pennsylvania’s mission, passionate about welcoming the stranger and helping refugees to settle in Philadelphia, and relentless in getting others to help. Resa herself was honored at the 2013 Golden Door Awards.

As one refugee from Myanmar described her, “she was the light” that shared love and hope to many who had none.

HIAS Pennsylvania is the registered fictitious name of HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia; tax ID number 23-1405597. The official registration and financial information of HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.



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