HIAS Pennsylvania’s 2017 Annual Meeting

Thanking the volunteers who make it all possible.
  • John Grogan, of Langer, Grogan, and Diver, for his pro bono work, including helping families caught at the Philadelphia Airport on the day of the Travel Ban.
  • Main Line Reform Temple, for all they do for our refugee resettlement program. In particular honoring congregants Linda Brock and Adele Marguiles, for their integral support of our household goods donation program, and Avivah Pinski, for her education work with refugees.

There Is No Such Thing as Sanctuary

As of October 2015, sanctuary status was claimed by 326 counties, 32 cities and four states, according to Philippe Weisz, managing attorney of HIAS Pennsylvania. Despite these numbers, Weisz explained that there is actually no such legal entity as “sanctuary,” since the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operates freely. Weisz spoke during the inaugural session of HIAS Pennsylvania’s education series Welcoming the Stranger: Considering Immigration and Refugee Issues from a Jewish Perspective. The series provides background into American law and policy on these issues, as well as teachings on Jewish values. [Read more…]