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Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society ready to open new office in Pittsfield, Mass

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 22, 2017

The office was approved in the closing days of the Obama Administration. How many more did they push through right at the end?


Pittsfield is in Western Massachusetts

They have set it up so that if Trump stops or slows the flow, in all of these towns which were promised refugees, there will be open borders activists ready to wail and moan. If he doesn’t slow the flow, more United Nations diversity/third world poverty will be foisted on unsuspecting towns.

According to the Berkshire Eagle, the citizens of Pittsfield are ready and willing to ‘welcome’ the arrival of their first Muslim Syrians and Iraqis! Does Pittsfield have a mosque yet?

PITTSFIELD — A proposed refugee resettlement plan in Pittsfield is set to become a reality.

Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts this week received official approval for the resettlement program from the federal Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. The program will resettle up to 50 refugees, primarily from Syria and Iraq, in the Pittsfield area.

An official commencement date for resettlement has not been determined. But the organization is hopeful that the first family will be settled sometime in the spring, said Maxine Stein, president & CEO of Jewish Family Service.

Hias***, a Jewish resettlement organization, had identified Pittsfield as a relocation community for refugees. Since July, the organization has been meeting with local community members about the program.

“[This is] an amazing opportunity for Pittsfield to once again became a welcoming community for refugees,” Stein said. Between 30,000 and 35,000 immigrants, primarily refugees, came to cities and towns in Western Massachusetts — including Pittsfield — from Russia and other former Soviet bloc countries in the 1980s and 1990s.

The organization had its first meeting with local stakeholders last July. Since then, the community has largely responded with overwhelming support for the program, Stein said.



State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, also expressed support for the project.

“The people of Pittsfield have made it clear that they [are] eager to open their hearts and welcome new neighbors to our community,” she said in a press release.

Jewish Family Service will work in collaboration with Hias to identify refugees to resettle in Pittsfield.

The organization plans to hire new staff members — a refugee resettlement coordinator, a caseworker and likely a volunteer/donations coordinator — and open up a local office in preparation for the refugees’ arrival. Its office is located in Springfield.

More here.

Apparently no pocket of resistance formed in Pittsfield.

Reminds me, whatever happened to that Syrian refugee in Lowell, Mass. who allegedly committed a sexual assault in a swimming pool there?

***We wrote about HIAS just this morning. They helped organize anti-Trump pussy protests in DC yesterday!

8 Responses to “Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society ready to open new office in Pittsfield, Mass”

  1. lehi48 said

    What Ms Stein fails to mention about the Jewish Soviet Immigrants who came to the USA under the auspices of HIAS during the 1970s and 1980s was for the most part they were educated, wanted to assimilate into American life, were curious about and wanted to learn about their American neighbor and weren’t supremacists. It was possible to vet the the Soviet immigrants. One last issue for Ms Stein and HIAS that seems minor if not irrelevant to them the Hebrew in HIAS actually meant something to the Soviet immigrants. Now that you’re in a Brave New World and it’s a handicap you drop the Hebrew on the flimsy reason it’s irrelevant in today’s World. I think people like me and like minded people should inform the Muslims, as a dig. In any case the people of this town aren’t getting an employment pool. They are receiving the cream of the crop. The ones who were strong enough to walk over all others to get here. They may be former Army or Militia or terrorist. We haven’t a clue since there aren’t any bonafide records. Another question is the ratio of married versus single men coming. Is your experience going to reflect where female aide workers get raped and murdered? Look at The experience Europe has had for 1-1/2 years. Why will ours be different.

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  2. Kathy said

    This will never stop until the flow of grant money is shut off to the (mostly Catholic) charities that help to settle the refugees into a (usually) unsuspecting town.


  3. icthelite said

    Does anyone know how much this Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society receives from federal funds?


  4. Artist said

    HIAS , to me, is an aberration, like Jews supporting Obama’s farewell knife in the back at the UN or his appointment of Ben Rhodes, Iran Deal Spin Doctor to Holocaust Memorial Council…the thought of my fellow Jews enabling unvetted ” refugees” into their midst is so outside the parameters of sane self preservation.
    It is further evidence of their quisling derangement that they were part of the organizing of that herd of sheep as was Linda Sarsour, a pro Sharia Jew hater….


  5. The federal government pays nine primary national contractors to resettle refugees and asylees. These voluntary agencies or VOLAGs are listed below with their initialisms:

    CWS: Church World Service

    ECDC: Ethiopian Community Development Council

    HIAS: Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

    IRC: International Rescue Committee

    LIRS: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services

    CC/USCCB: Catholic Charities/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

    USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

    EMM: Episcopal Migration Ministries

    WRI: World Relief Inc.

    There are 350 federal subcontractors in 190 cities, all affiliated with the nine main refugee VOLAGs, but cataloging them is beyond the scope of this paper.

    Amounts awarded by the federal government to these 9 contractors since 2008 are shown in the table on page 5. These data are likely incomplete, because the contractors are often listed under more than one name or the name has been entered incorrectly.

    Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society: HIAS describes itself as a “major implementing partner of the United Nations Refugee Agency and the U.S. Department of State.” HIAS claims to be the oldest refugee resettlement agency in the world. It provides pro bono legal services for asylum applications and removal hearings. Services include “Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and Federal court appeals.” HIAS lists its values as “Welcoming, Dignity and Respect, Empowerment, Excellence and Innovation, Collaboration and Teamwork, and Accountability.”

    HIAS President Mark Hetfield is credited with transforming HIAS from a small agency focused on Jewish immigrants to “a global agency assisting refugees of all faiths and ethnicities.” Donors include Vanguard and Tides Foundation.

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    HIAS Still Aids Immigrants, but Most Don’t Resemble Sergey Brin
    Gal BeckermanNovember 4, 2009

    Its caseload of immigrants has dropped dramatically from the tens of thousands of former Soviet Jews who arrived in the late 1980s and early ’90s. In all of last year, HIAS added only 2,000 refugees to its files. And, most surprisingly, the vast majority of them are not Jews.

    In a departure from its storied history, more than 80% of those assisted and resettled by the agency are now Darfuri and Somali refugees, Burundians and Burmese, persecuted minorities from Iran and a plethora of other nationalities.

    “Over the last seven years, the ratio of Jewish to non-Jewish caseload has shifted,” said Gideon Aronoff, who has been president and CEO of HIAS since 2006. “This gives us a chance to serve our community’s values that call upon us to welcome the stranger, while at the same time it’s crucial for us to do this in order to have the capacity to resettle Jews today or Jews that will come in need tomorrow.”

    And HIAS spends about as much time and energy these days on Capitol Hill advocating for immigrant rights as it does on resettlement and refugee services. Lobbying for immigration reform — another new role for the agency — is also part of the way the organization is transforming.


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