News & Views

Thankful Reflections

Dear HIAS PA Supporter,

I feel invigorated and inspired after our spectacular Thankful Together event on Sunday! Thanks to all of you who were able to join us and celebrate our vibrant, resilient, immigrant communities with us once again at our virtual Thanksgiving table. (While I’m disappointed we had to remain virtual, if you were unable to attend or want to watch again, you can access the show on our website or YouTube channel.) The performances were as vibrant, inspiring, and diverse as the performers. Living in an incredibly diverse country means we can sometimes take for granted the constant access we have to a rich variety of cultures, and the food, arts, and experiences that come with them.

One of our clients, who recently arrived from Afghanistan and attended our Thankful Together celebration, noted during one of the performances, “the differences make cultures valuable and unique.” His words struck me and made me realize, you, our HIAS PA community, illustrate how we are all part of that patchwork quilt America represents, and how our differences strengthen our country.

This year, there are many things to be thankful for. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve our clients and witness their courage beginning a new life amidst uncertainty and trauma. I am thankful for all of you who support our work, and allow us to continue to serve those who deserve nothing better than to be surrounded by loved ones and family. I am grateful for everyone who welcomes immigrants with open arms, and for anyone who instills goodness into our nation. I’m also grateful for the incredible outpouring of support from all of you to warmly welcome Afghan refugees to our city.

Tonight, as I eat my Thanksgiving meal surrounded by my beloved family, I will think of all of you, and I will remain hopeful for a brighter tomorrow. Thanksgiving has become a time for gratitude, togetherness, and sharing a meal with loved ones. From all of us at HIAS Pennsylvania to you, we wish you a happy, restful, and thoughtful Thanksgiving holiday.

In gratitude,

Cathryn Miller-Wilson
Executive Director

G'mar chatima tova.

HIAS Pennsylvania's office will be closed on Monday, September 25th, in observance of Yom Kippur. 

TONIGHT (4/20) - Join us ONLINE at the 2023 Golden Door Awards!

Join us ONLINE at 6:45PM TONIGHT, Thursday, April 20th, for HIAS PA's 2023 Golden Door Awards: United for Immigrants!

Happy Passover from HIAS Pennsylvania!HIAS PA is closed in observance of the Jewish holiday of Passover

HIAS Pennsylvania will be closed in observance of the Jewish holiday of Passover from 1PM on Wednesday, April 5th through Friday, April 7th, and on Wednesday, April 12th and Thursday, April 13th.

Join us at the 2023 Golden Door Awards!United for Immigrants

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.

Building closed until further noticeHIAS PA remains open!

HIAS PA’s physical offices at 600 Chestnut Street are CLOSED until further notice due to a burst pipe in the building.

Our organization remains open, and HIAS PA staff continue to work remotely at this time.

Please call (215) 832-0900 with any questions.

Building closed until further noticeHIAS PA remains open!

HIAS PA’s physical offices at 600 Chestnut Street are CLOSED until further notice due to a burst pipe in the building.

Our organization remains open, and HIAS PA staff continue to work remotely at this time.

Please call (215) 832-0900 with any questions.

TONIGHT: Join us at the table!Join us for Thankful Together!

Thankful Together, formerly known as Refugee Thanksgiving, is happening TONIGHT at 6PM!

Register here to join us tonight: https://hiaspa1.wpengine.com/event/thankful-together-2021/

Celebrate our volunteers who make this all possible!Click here at 11:45AM to join our Annual Meeting!

Click here to join our virtual Annual Meeting!

The Annual Meeting starts at noon, but join us at 11:45AM for an informal chat before the event!

POSTPONED! Speed Advocacy: Afghanistan

Today's Speed Advocacy: Afghanistan Facebook Live event has been postponed due to a worldwide Facebook outage. We will update you as soon as possible about rescheduling the event.