Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
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This Friday, Judith Bernstein-Baker will be presenting at Gratz College about asylum and refugee law. This event is open to the public for a nominal fee, with a greater fee for attorneys who wish to acquire CLEs for their attendance.
If you wish to attend just the second presentation with Judi Bernstein-Baker without CLE credits, the general public admission price is $36. Check the link below for the coordinator's contact information.
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.
Join us for the 6th Annual Refugee Thanksgiving, November 24, the Sunday before Thanksgiving 2014.
Learn about the basics of asylum law and the application process in order to take on pro bono asylum cases.
In October, HIAS Pennsylvania's Executive Director, Judi Bernstein-Baker, will be interviewing author Steven Pressman at Beth Zion-Beth Israel about his new book:
Based on the acclaimed HBO documentary, the astonishing true story of how one American couple transported fifty Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Austria to America in 1939—the single largest group of unaccompanied refugee children allowed into the United States—for readers of In the Garden of Beasts and A Train in Winter.
In early 1939, America's rigid immigration laws made it virtually impossible for European Jews to seek safe haven in the United States. As deep-seated anti-Semitism and isolationism gripped much of the country, neither President Roosevelt nor Congress rallied to their aid.
Yet one brave Jewish couple from Philadelphia refused to silently stand by. Risking their own safety, Gilbert Kraus, a successful lawyer, and his stylish wife, Eleanor, traveled to Nazi-controlled Vienna and Berlin to save fifty Jewish children. Steven Pressman brought the Kraus's rescue mission to life in his acclaimed HBO documentary, 50 Children. In this book, he expands upon the story related in the hour-long film, offering additional historical detail and context to offer a rich, full portrait of this ordinary couple and their extraordinary actions.
Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, rare historical documents, and interviews with more than a dozen of the surviving children, and illustrated with period photographs, archival materials, and memorabilia, 50 Children is a remarkable tale of personal courage and triumphant heroism that offers a fresh, unique insight into a critical period of history.