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Sold Out – United for Immigrants: A Benefit Concert for HIAS Pennsylvania

Thank you to the wonderful musicians who donated their time!

June 21, 2023
6PM – 7:30PM
Philadelphia Ethical Society


Zeyar Shwe, Thida Thida, Myanmar

Caroline Mallonee, Dona Nobis Pacem, Afghanistan

Mykhailo Verbytsky, Ukraine’s Glory Has Not Yet Died, Ukraine

Arranged by Kenneth Abeling, Traditional Jewish Folksongs

— Intermission with HIAS PA, Cathryn Miller-Wilson, Executive Director —

Isaac Abraham Meharezghi, National Anthem, Eritrea

Traditional, Amawole, Congo

Adolphus Hailstork, Songs of the Magi, United States


Jennifer Montone, Principal Horn for the Philadelphia Orchestra

Jennifer Montone joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal horn in 2006 and is currently on the faculties of The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. She was formerly the principal horn of the Saint Louis Symphony, associate principal horn of the Dallas Symphony, third horn of the New Jersey Symphony, and performer/faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School. She was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2006 and a 2013 Grammy Award for her recording of Penderecki’s Horn Concerto entitled Winterreise. She has performed with the Berlin and New York Philharmonic Orchestras; the Cleveland, WDR Cologne, Metropolitan Opera, and National Symphony Orchestras; and the Saint Paul and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. She appears regularly at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Classical Tahoe, La Jolla SummerFest, Strings Festival, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and is a regular visiting coach at the New World Symphony. A native of northern Virginia, Ms. Montone studied with Edwin Thayer while in the National Symphony Fellowship Program, was a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, and attended the Marlboro Music Festival. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School as a student of Julie Landsman.

Yoori Kim Williams, violin

Yoori Kim Williams, violinist, plays for various ensembles in the region including Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia Ballet, Delaware Symphony, and the Harrisburg Symphony. Prior to living in Philadelphia, Yoori was a member of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra from 2013 to 2017. A native of Nara, Japan, Yoori began studying violin at four years old with Yuko Iwatani, a Juilliard graduate and student of Ivan Galamian. In 2011, she received a bachelor’s degree from Kyoto City University of the Arts, studying with Midori Kugota and Yasushi Toyoshima.

Rebecca (Becky) Ansel, violin

Rebecca Ansel, DMA, violinist, has studied, taught and performed throughout the United States and in Europe. Dr. Ansel earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and Master and Doctorate degrees in Violin Performance from The University of Michigan. Throughout her career, she has performed a variety of musical styles, including baroque music with the Denton Bach Society in Denton, Texas, the New York Early Music Ensemble in Ithaca, NY; contemporary music with Ensemble X, Kulmusik and the Light in Winter Festival in Ithaca, New York. Dr Ansel has taught violin at the University level since the Fall of 2001, serving as Lecturer of Violin at The Ohio State University, and as Assistant Professor of Violin at Ithaca College. In the 2009 – 2010 academic year, Dr. Ansel was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to her teaching duties, she was also a member of the Holberg String Quartet, the Oklahoma Chamber Players, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. She is currently living and freelancing in the Philadelphia area, where she is a member of the Philadelphia Ballet, the violinist at the Walnut Street Theater, on the Executive Board of the Local 77 Musicians’ Union, and a private instructor.

Marjorie Goldberg, viola

Marjorie Goldberg was raised in the Philadelphia area and studied viola and music education at The Hartt School of Music in Connecticut.

For over 30 years, she has been a performer in prominent Pennsylvania orchestras and ensembles, a music educator, and an active freelancer. Marjorie is a member of the viola sections in the Harrisburg Symphony and the Philly Pops. She performs with and arranges music for Ani Kinor, a chamber ensemble at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia.

In 2019 Marjorie was elected to the position of Vice President of the Philadelphia Musicians’ Union, Local 77 of the American Federation of Musicians.

Jonathan Fink, cello

Jonathan Fink was raised in Eugene, Oregon and moved to Philadelphia in 1983 to attend the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts where he studied with Lorne Munroe. Jonathan is Assistant Principal Cello in the No Name Pops as well as a contracted member of the Harrisburg Symphony.  Jonathan has performed with numerous commercial acts including, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, The Who and many many more.

Jonathan is also a top producing Realtor® with Compass of Philadelphia and has been  the preferred Realtor® for the music community in Philadelphia for well over a decade.

In addition to his musical endeavors, no biography of Jonathan would be complete without mentioning his passion for general aviation and humanitarian efforts. As a private pilot he frequently performs “Charity Flights”, providing free air transportation on private aircrafts to needy people facing medical challenges or having other compelling human needs.

Jonathan lives in Fishtown, his daughter Hannah recently graduated from Montclair State University with a BA in Musical Theater, his son Benjamin is job hunting after completing his college education in Health Sciences at Drexel University.   Jon’s wife Marjorie is a professional musician and Vice President of the AFM local 77 in Philadelphia.

Thank you for joining us!

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:

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.