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Michael B. Rukin, Chair Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO HIAS 333 Seventh Avenue, 16th Floor New York, NY 10001 (212) 967-4100 www.hias.org

THE HIAS MISSION

Guided by Jewish values and our shared history of migrations, HIAS assists Jewish and other refugees and migrants escaping violence, repression, and poverty find safety and security in the United States, Israel, and elsewhere; facilitates their resettlement and other forms of assistance through a network of local service agencies; advocates on their behalf at the international, national, and community levels; and connects each generation of Jews, one to the other. Passages is produced by the HIAS Department of Media & Communications Editor Roberta Elliott Vice President, Media & Communications Managing Editor Richard Westlund Art Director Janice Hardy Passages distribution is 43,000. For information, visit our Web site at www.hias.org, or call (212) 967-4100.

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INTRODUCTION [4] Letter from Michael B. Rukin, Chair, and Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO THE ANNUAL REPORT HIAS at Home [6] 40 Years of Helping Russian-speaking Jews [8] HIAS Around the World [10] Advocacy [14] History, Education, and Outreach [18] THANK YOU [20] HOW YOU CAN HELP [29] FINANCIAL REPORT [30] BOARD OF DIRECTORS [31]

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Planning Strategically

and Boldly Acting for the Future

The Year of

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n 2007-2008, HIAS concluded a strategic planning process undertaken by the board of directors and senior staff to create an action model for the 21st century. In doing so, we reaffirmed our 127-year-old mission of aiding Jewish migrants to achieve refuge and build new lives, and expanded our rescue work with those displaced by some of the world's harshest conflicts.

We engage in these two pillars of activity precisely because we are a Jewish agency. We were founded to assist Jewish migrants, and still do, though thankfully in recent years the number of Jewish refugees has dramatically diminished. Even so, we remain al hamishmar (on guard) in anticipation of those Jewish communities that can become endangered; we maintain all of our existing systems and relationships and develop new ones in order to mobilize for rescue, when needed. This response mechanism is critical to our mission, which requires a lean, strong, agile, global agency that is tightly networked with the United States government, the government of Israel, the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, and our partner agencies within and outside of the Jewish community. And, because we are a Jewish agency, we also put into practice the teachings of the Torah to "welcome the stranger" by aiding non-Jewish refugees and immigrants. Our adherence to Jewish values and traditions is at the heart of everything we do--without regard for the religion, nationality, or ethnicity of those we serve. In fact, our service to the non-sectarian community is almost as old as our assistance to the Jewish displaced. As early as 1905, we helped a group of non-Jewish Russian peasants avoid deportation from Ellis Island, and have continued to help different national groups, like Cubans, Vietnamese, and Ugandans over the years. Today, HIAS is embedding its historic focus on Jewish migrants in a dynamic program to help non-Jews. We are taking our skills and best practices, forged in the 19th century, and recasting them for the very different world of the 21st century...a world that is torn apart by intractable conflicts in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. We serve non-Jewish populations throughout these regions and in parts of Europe--in close concert with the U.S. and other governments and the UN. In 2008, we were granted Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the UN, a measure of the esteem with which we are held by the world community. During 2007-2008, we further cemented our relationship with the Jewish state to help accommodate an influx of refugees from Africa. At the request of the Israeli government, HIAS in late 2008 will provide trainers to teach Israeli government adjudicators the fine points of international refugee law. We can

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think of no better way to express our commitment to klal Yisrael and the tenets of Judaism than to support Israel in this way. In 2007-2008, we maintained our commitment to the resettlement and integration of refugees and immigrants in the U.S. We renewed our ties to Jewish communities across the country and developed partnering relationships with non-sectarian resettlement agencies. In New York, we shifted all local immigration services, except those involving asylum, to NYLAG, the New York Legal Assistance Group. This was in preparation for the expansion of our national immigration operations to create a national Jewish center for refugee, immigration, and integration services, which will be established in late 2008. It is important to note that 2008 marked the 40th anniversary of the Soviet Jewry Movement, during which HIAS brought nearly 400,000 Russian-speaking Jews to this country. Our commitment to this population has never waned, and our LOREO (Local Russian Émigré Organizations) and "We Vote" programs continue to grow and thrive as we help our former clients become fully empowered, enfranchised members of U.S. society-- particularly important in a presidential election year. If anything, that commitment was strengthened this year with the launch of www.mystory.hias.org, a social networking site enabling new Americans from the former Soviet Union to tell their immigration stories and connect with each other and the rest of the American Jewish community. Indeed, we feel it is vitally important to connect all of us--Jews from Iran, Latin America, the former Soviet Union--with each other, with the next generation, and to our Jewish immigration saga through our Location and Family History Service. In 2008, HIAS Young Leaders grew through dynamic activities in New York; Washington, DC; and Los Angeles. Many of our 1,500 Young Leaders came to HIAS through our robust scholarship program, which continues to provide immigrants and children of immigrants with educational advantages necessary for their full integration and success. It was also a year of legislative victories for HIAS, especially sweet after the disappointment of last year's collapse of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. In October, President Bush signed into law the extension of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act, which provided tens of thousands of humanitarian migrants--including elderly and/or disabled Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union--additional years of SSI benefits. HIAS, which was instrumental in processing these migrants to live in the U.S., has been at the forefront of advocacy for this legislation since 2003. Shortly thereafter, the President also signed into law an extension of the Religious Worker Visa Program (RWVP), which grants up to 5,000 permanent immigrant visas each year for religious workers employed by a broad range of religious denominations and organizations, particularly the Jewish community. In 2008, the American Jewish community received a clarion call for the rights of undocumented workers when nearly 400 of these workers, many of them under-aged, were detained and imprisoned in the wake of the U.S. government raid of the Agriprocessors Kosher Meat Processing Plant in Postville, Iowa. With HIAS as one of the community leaders, rallies were staged, bringing the damage and havoc visited on immigrant families as a result of the government's raids-intensive immigration policy to the attention of Jews across the country. On the following pages, we offer detailed information, statistics, and financial tables that encompass our year. From this, we hope you will get a sense of the excitement and privilege felt by all of us at HIAS in taking action on behalf of refugees and immigrants around the world in fulfillment of the Jewish commandment to "welcome the stranger."

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HIAS resettled more than 2,000 refugees in the past year, an increase of 40 percent over the previous year.

HIAS at Home

HIAS' initial mission at its founding in 1881 was to aid and assist in the resettlement of Jews in the U.S. Founded by the established New York Jewish community for Jews arriving from Europe, HIAS' work was driven by the biblical commandment to "welcome the stranger, for you too were strangers in Egypt." Today, HIAS remains committed to these principles and in 2008 resettled refugees from trouble spots around the world through our national affiliate network of Jewish family service agencies and other local community partners. In support of the U.S. policy of providing refuge to thousands of people fleeing wars and ethnic cleansing in Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, and Africa, HIAS resettled more than 2,000 refugees in the past year, an increase of 40 percent over the previous year. For the first time since the mid-1980s, the majority of the refugees served by HIAS were not Jewish. Joining us in this humanitarian mission were community organizations in 32 cities across the nation, including 11 that reached out to welcome "free case refugees," those with no family or friends in this country. The resettlement process includes a number of elements: Refugees are initially helped to make their move to the U.S. In their first month here, the HIAS resettlement network provides them with food and shelter, basic orientation to American life, and assists them in finding employment. As they adjust to their new lives and ultimately, naturalize, HIAS helps them become full participants in the democratic process. One such innovative program to assist refugees is HIAS' Marriage and Family Strengthening Program, which is specifically tailored to help multi-ethnic refugee populations adapt to life in the U.S. By strengthening their family bonds and structures, and acquiring new coping skills and techniques, refugees are better able to manage stresses of immigration. HIAS' historic expertise in the area of immigration services is valued across the country wherever practitioners work with refugees and immigrants--and especially at Jewish Family Service and other community agencies where we provide information, technical assistance,

Rima Lealicova arrived in this country on July 23, 2008, from Kishinev, Moldova, one of the former Soviet republics; she is shown here, at right, with her case manager, Klaudia Remeslinik, at the HIAS Resettlement Services of the Jewish Community Services, our resettlement partner in Baltimore, MD.

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In addition to its resettlement activities, HIAS helps those fleeing persecution seek asylum in the U.S.

Above: Burmese resettled by HIAS' partners, the Jewish Family Service of San Diego. Right: A Burundi family resettled by HIAS' partner, the Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts

and advocacy on immigration-related matters. Recognizing that immigrants are an inextricable part of the fabric of our daily lives and of the Jewish community, HIAS is building its capacity to support Jewish organizations in their work with immigrants of all origins, and to aid their integration into American life through a national Jewish refugee, immigration, and integration center. As a part of this effort in 2008, HIAS concluded an agreement with the pre-eminent Jewish non-profit legal services provider in New York, NYLAG, to ensure the provision of highquality legal services to area immigrants and refugees. In the near future, HIAS plans to partner with similar organizations around the country--including members of our refugee resettlement network--to create a strong national network of immigration service providers. In 2008, the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA), HIAS' long-time partner for refugee resettlement in New York, closed after 59 years

of dedicated service to New York's Jewish migrant community and refugees from throughout the world. NYANA's resettlement program was transferred to the Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS), a strong partner within the New York Jewish community with long experience in serving the employment and social service needs of both immigrants and the broader community. In addition to its resettlement activities, HIAS helps those fleeing persecution seek asylum in the U.S. In 2007, through the generous funding from the Vivian S. Prins Foundation, HIAS initiated a legal services program in its New York headquarters to assist qualified scholars, artists, and professionals gain asylum status. In 2008, we expanded that program to San Diego, where it is operated by the Jewish Family Service of San Diego. Since its inception, HIAS has achieved asylum status for 11 Prins candidates.

HIAS Resettled Refugees

For the period of September 2007 through September 2008, HIAS assisted the following refugees: East Asia (Burma, Vietnam): Iran: Iraq: Former Soviet Union: Africa: Bhutan Other (Afghanistan, Cuba): Total: 607 459 429 238 188 100 22 2,043

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New Citizens Day at JCH of Bensonhurst, sponsored by HIAS

Reaching Out to the Russian-Speaking Community

Key among HIAS' outreach and communications to the increasingly important Russianspeaking community around the country were the following accomplishments this past year: · Established www.mystory.hias.org, the first social networking site devoted to connecting Russian-speaking Jewish émigrés to each other through their immigration history and experiences, as well as the overall saga of American Jewish immigration; Produced 24 "HIAS Answers" episodes, aired on two Russian-speaking cable television networks; organized more than 30 appearances for the HIAS leadership and staff; Published the companion HIAS Answers column in 26 Russian-language newspapers; Published the first issue of Passages in Russian, honoring the 40th anniversary of the Soviet Jewry movement; Created and distributed nationwide 3,000+ copies of the LOREO newsletter to Russian-speaking refugee groups; Created and distributed around the country 60,000 copies of the LOREO Handbook for the Russian-American Voter; Created and distributed 1,000 copies of I Am Your Candidate: How to Run for Public Office in Local Elections and Win; Created and distributed 2,000 copies of Encyclopedia of American Brotherhood of Disabled People: Understand Your Rights; Maintained LOREO Web site, which received more than 675,803 visitors; Participated in 185 local and national events organized by Russian-speaking communal and religious leaders; partnering with 70+ grassroots organizations, CVEI registered more than 4,000 new Russian-speaking voters; Held 35 public forums with elected officials nationwide and organized 28 seminars for grassroots leadership.

Tony Farthing, regional director of the U.S. Census Bureau, addresses Russian-Jewish émigrés in New York.

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40 Years of Helping

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of society. As our historic connection to this population has deepened over the years, our services to them have broadened. HIAS' Russian Communications and Outreach Department has helped HIAS and the Jewish community maintain connections with Russian-speaking refugees throughout their journey from resettlement, to naturalization, to the exercise of their rights and responsibilities as U.S. citizens. In particular, LOREO (Local Russian Émigré Organizations) and CVEI (Civic and Voter Education Initiative) programs have seen

Top: Leaders of the Russian-speaking Jewish community at the annual CVEI meeting. Bottom: CVEI volunteers at a voter registration drive.

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008 marked the 40th anniversary of the Soviet Jewry movement, and 40 years of HIAS helping refu-

gees from the former lands of the Soviet Union to arrive in the U.S. and become fully integrated members

remarkable success in recent years. 2008 marked the third and final year of the national LOREO "Road to Success" project--funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement--which provided technical assistance, developed civic materials, participated in and supported national citizenship events, helped in leadership development, and created an information clearinghouse for grassroots organizations and the community at large. The end of "Road to Success" signals the beginning of the next stage in the lives of hundreds of thousands of members of Soviet Jewry who rely on LOREO for invaluable information to assist in acculturation and integration. The overwhelming majority of the nearly 400,000 Russian speakers resettled by HIAS over the last 40 years are no longer "refugees." They are now U.S. citizens, and HIAS is working with them --and the civic organizations they have established--to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens and members of our community. HIAS continues to strengthen CVEI, a nationwide project of HIAS-LOREO participants and the American Forum of World Congress of Russian Jewry. In 2008, membership in CVEI grew to more than 70 Russian-speaking grassroots and community-based organizations.

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HIAS Around the World

We continue to help Jews and evangelical Christians with their migration to the U.S.

oday, as the numbers of Jewish immigrants and refugees have thankfully diminished, HIAS has turned its care and expertise to those in need of our services without regard for religion, ethnic background, or nationality. Ever vigilant to the status of vulnerable Jewish communities-- and dedicated to building our capacity for immediate rescue if necessary--we are also mindful of our tradition's guiding principle of "welcoming the stranger." To that end, in 2008 HIAS was on the ground in key trouble spots around the world, including the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.

The Former Soviet Union In Moscow and Kyiv, HIAS is an implementing partner for the U.S. government and UNHCR, respectively. As we have for a decade, we continue to help Jews and evangelical Christians with their migration to the U.S. through U.S. government-funded cultural orientation programming. Our extensive experience in the former Soviet Union (FSU) has helped us represent Jewish values in other ways as well, including assuring that refugees from other places seeking asylum in Ukraine are not deported back into the hands of their persecutors. Since 2005, HIAS has operated the Legal Protection Services (LPS) in Kyiv, a UNHCR-funded program that provides information and legal representation for asylum seekers in Ukraine. As the result of our work there, the Ukrainian government--as well as non-government agencies, police, and court systems--regularly seek our counsel on best practices to address the needs of incoming refugees and asylees.

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Above: Clients at HIAS' Legal Protection Services office in Kyiv.

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Above: A children's art class at the HIAS-run Overseas Processing Entity in Vienna. Right: Cutting the ribbon for the new OPE offices.

Middle East and Israel In the Middle East, which continues to be an epicenter of religious-based conflict, we are involved in issues of three key countries in the region--Iran, Iraq, and Israel. In 2008, we continued providing refugee processing and cultural orientation to U.S.-bound Iranian religious minorities seeking a safe haven from persecution, including Jews, Baha'is, Christians, Zoroastrians, and Sabaean Mandaeans, through the Overseas Processing Entity (OPE) in Vienna. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), under the authority of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, HIAS Vienna is America's sole refugee processing post in Western Europe.

In 2008, HIAS continued to assist war-displaced Iraqis, by paying particular attention to religious and ethnic minorities and individuals with close ties to America, such as those with family connections and those who served as translators for our military. We have aggressively advocated in Washington for a humanitarian-based approach to this crisis by working to expand protection and assistance in countries abroad and to increase the number of Iraqi refugees admitted to America under the U.S. refugee program. HIAS' Tel Aviv office supports our work in Israel, the Middle East, and Europe, where our activities represent an important component of our broader commitment to refugees and migrants worldwide.

In 2008, HIAS continued to assist war-displaced Iraqis.

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For several years, HIAS has been on the ground in Africa.

Reflecting HIAS' historical link to Jewish migrants, we support aliya (the choice of Jews to move to Israel) and assistance to olim (immigrants). Each year, we award scholarships to deserving olim, primarily from the FSU and Ethiopia. HIAS has developed a solid working relationship with the Israeli government and non-government organizations alike on humanitarian issues. In 2008, HIAS developed and strengthened ties with Jewish and refugee-focused consortia and non-government organizations (NGOs) in Europe and Israel; consulted with the government of Israel and NGOs on the African refugee influx into Israel; provided ongoing consultation on regional and international refugee law matters; made

presentations at a ground-breaking refugee law conference hosted by the Tel Aviv University School of Law; and ran a summer program for law students in Tel Aviv to support the work of the UNHCR. In addition, we conducted fact-finding trips to monitor and support the migration needs of Jews in the region. Europe In Geneva, we continued to represent the Jewish community's perspective on refugee protection to UNHCR and its colleague agencies, and to advocate for balanced presentations of Israel-related refugee issues by NGOs at the UN. Africa For several years, HIAS has been on the ground in Africa. Our primary operations are in Chad, where, as an implementing partner of the UNHCR, we provide services in five of that country's refugee camps for those fleeing the Darfur region of Sudan. Our Psychosocial Initiative for Darfuri Refugees, now in its fourth year, has provided more than 90,000 refugees with psychosocial and community services programs, such as peace and conflict resolution training, sexual- and gender-based violence education and sensitization, therapeutic play activities for children, and trauma counseling. As part of this program, HIAS has developed a sustainable, communitybased program in each camp to teach refugees to help each other. This cadre of community mobilizers is trained to identify and intervene appropriately with special family, medical, or protectionrelated needs. In addition, HIAS has organized peer-led support groups among the refugee community that empower members and allow them to inform the wider community about sensitive issues like sexual- and gender-based violence in a culturally acceptable format. The

Above left: HIAS community mobilizers in Darfuri refugee camp in Chad. Left: Darfuri refugee women participate in a HIAS program in the Djabal refugee camp in Chad.

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Above left: A mother with her daughter and granddaughter attending a weekly Women's Reflection Group in Quito, Ecuador. Above right: A community gathering in Tambillo, Ecuador, to thank HIAS for its assistance. Right: HIAS' office in San Lorenzo, Ecuador.

groups are so successful that the UNHCR uses them as a replicable model for neighboring camps. HIAS also plays an important role in Kenya and Uganda, where our operations focus on the needs of the most vulnerable among the hundreds of thousands displaced by conflicts in Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2008, the HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya facilitated the rescue and resettlement of 125 particularly vulnerable refugees from Kenya and Uganda to Canada and the U.S. Latin America In the past few years, HIAS' presence in Latin America has substantially increased and, as a result, we have become a valuable resource on refugee matters for national and local government agencies. The bulk of HIAS' work in Latin America is in assisting the thousands of Colombian refugees who have fled their country in the wake of long-term instability. In Buenos Aires, our regional office provides full-service counseling for Colombian refugees fleeing to Ecuador and Venezuela, including psychosocial counseling, legal assistance, integration assistance, and humanitarian aid. In

addition, our work with UNHCR and the Argentine Jewish community has helped facilitate a resettlement program for 90 Colombian refugees--and assisted with the integration of adults into the Argentine workforce and children into the school system. In Ecuador, during 2008 we expanded our services of providing Colombian refugees with basic material necessities through our Humanitarian Assistance Program, distributing basic supplies to some 37,000 individuals living in vulnerable conditions. This increased activity has dramatically raised our profile in the country and changed our structure and delivery system, with the Ecuador team growing to 46 professionals and assistants in eight locations on three national borders. HIAS' psychosocial assistance program in Ecuador has also witnessed an increase in demand, partly from referrals from our Humanitarian Assistance Program, but also from referrals made by other organizations that continue to turn to HIAS. In all, during 2008 more than 59,000 people were helped through our programs and services in Ecuador.

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key component of HIAS' domestic mission is advocacy for generous immigration policies that maintain America's historic and honored status as a welcoming and humanitarian nation. Our advocacy work has earned us a reputation as the American Jewish community's "voice" in Washington on all matters pertaining to immigration and refugees. For HIAS, 2008 was a year of notable successes and ongoing challenges.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) SSI is a needs-based federal program that provides income to people who are age 65 or older, disabled, or blind. The 1996 federal welfare reform law restricted immigrants' access to most public benefits, including SSI, but made exceptions for refugees, asylees, and other humanitarian migrants. In the original 1996 law, this group of migrants was exempted from the benefit restriction for five years--insufficient time to naturalize under the best of circumstances. This exemption was subsequently extended to seven years. Nevertheless, this seven-year limit has still resulted in the termination of SSI benefits to thousands of refugees who could not naturalize in that time due to bureaucratic delays or difficulties in learning a second language required to pass the citizenship test.

Above: HIAS Young Leaders from the New York area visit the office of Sen. Charles Schumer during the 2008 Washington, DC, HYL Mission.

HIAS spearheaded a campaign to restore benefits to these individuals, and recently celebrated a legislative victory when a two-year extension became law on October 1, 2008. The legislation extends SSI eligibility for elderly and disabled refugees, asylees, and other humanitarian immigrants from seven to nine years, and includes a provision to cover those who have already lost their benefits due to the time limit. It also contains a provision that allows those humanitarian immigrants with a naturalization application pending with the Department of Homeland Security to receive a tenth year of eligibility. This initiative will help 30,000 elderly and disabled refugees who have already been cut off and 19,000 refugees and humanitarian migrants who are projected to lose their benefits. Some 40 percent of the refugees affected by the SSI cut-off are from the former Soviet Union, the majority of whom are Jewish. HIAS is in the early stages of coordinating an advocacy campaign for the next Congress to completely delink SSI

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HIAS spearheaded a campaign to restore benefits to these individuals, and recently celebrated a legislative victory when a two-year extension became law on October 1, 2008.

In 2008, HIAS developed "Welcome the Stranger," a grassroots program on immigration.

benefits from citizenship requirements and restore refugees' eligibility for this important federal program. Lautenberg Amendment The Lautenberg Amendment, which facilitates the processing of refugee applications from Jews, evangelical Christians, and a few other categories of former Soviets, as well as Indochinese refugee applicants and religious minorities fleeing Iran, expired on September 30, 2008. HIAS has been in contact with Senator Lautenberg's office about the renewal of the amendment and Senator Lautenberg has again made this provision a top priority. The amendment is included in the pending FY 2009 Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, which is expected to be passed in March 2009. Until then, Lautenberg cases will be handled as they have in the past when there have been gaps in Lautenberg authority. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will continue to adjudicate cases under the Lautenberg standard if they were filed by Septembet 30, 2008. Cases filed after that date will

not be scheduled for interview, but new filings will continue to be accepted. USCIS does not anticipate any disruption in adjudications as long as the amendment is reauthorized by Congress as anticipated in March 2009. HIAS continues to work closely with Senator Lautenberg's office to ensure that this important provision is extended.

Jonathan Brier and Debbie Tehrani, both Young Leaders from the Los Angeles area, practice role-playing before they visit their Congressional representatives.

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ing the RWVP through March 6, 2009, when several other immigration provisions also will be considered for longer extensions. This is an important step in retaining the dedicated and experienced teachers and other foreign religious workers who sustain the institutions and practices that are essential to Jewish religious and communal life. Material Support In 2008, significant progress was achieved in addressing the "material support" problem that since 2004 has kept thousands of persecuted refugees in need of protection from accessing asylum and resettlement in the United States. By the end of the federal fiscal year 2008, the administration had issued more than 7,000 waivers to refugees, asylum seekers, and others who had been unfairly denied protection in the U.S. The omnibus spending bill enacted on December 26, 2007, included a provision that has helped alleviate the impact of broad terrorism-related bars to admission. The new law expanded the administration's discretionary authority to admit non-citizens (subject to the terrorism-related bars), unless an individual "voluntarily and knowingly" engaged in terrorist activity on behalf of a designated terrorist group.

Top: Members of the HIAS board, on their annual mission to the nation's capital, attend a briefing by key Congressional staffers on immigration matters. Above: A session at the Midwest Interfaith Immigration Summit organized by HIAS and held in Columbus, Ohio, in September 2008.

Religious Workers The Religious Worker Visa Program (RWVP) is a provision of U.S. immigration law that allows U.S. religious denominations to fill religious positions with qualified workers from abroad. Jewish congregations, particularly in remote areas with small Jewish communities, rely on the RWVP to sponsor rabbis, cantors, kosher supervisors and butchers, and Hebrew and Judaic studies teachers. HIAS has worked hard to ensure that this program remains open and available to the Jewish community. In September 2008, Congress approved a bill extend-

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In 2008, HIAS Young Leaders from across the country came to Washington for the opportunity to advocate on behalf of vulnerable migrants.

Throughout the year, HIAS, which chairs the national Material Support Working Group, has worked to ensure that the Administration implements these new provisions quickly and exercises its discretion fairly and humanely. Comprehensive Immigration Reform In late 2007, it became clear that there was no chance for a comprehensive immigration reform bill to become law before the 2008 elections. Enforcementonly legislation, known as the Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act of 2007, H.R. 4088, quickly gained momentum in the House of Representatives. In response, HIAS organized group lobby visits for faith organizations to advocate against the enforcement-only approach. Our efforts and those of our coalition partners succeeded--the SAVE Act failed to get sufficient support to pass the House. HIAS and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, of which HIAS is a lead organizer and coordinator, have concentrated efforts on several positive pieces of immigration reform. These bills range from providing more resources and funding for English as a second language (ESL) programs to recapturing and preventing future losses of unused family- and employment-based visas. HIAS also

advocated for legislation to improve conditions of detention for asylum seekers who have fled persecution. Through our advocacy, we helped lay the groundwork to ensure they would be addressed in the next Congress. In the absence of a federal immigration reform bill, HIAS recognized the need to mobilize the Jewish and interfaith grassroots to take action in the 111th Congress. To this end, HIAS has expanded its outreach to the Jewish community, organizing educational forums and speaking at events on the need for fair and humane immigration reform. In addition, HIAS has created an educational training program, entitled "Welcome the Stranger," for the Jewish community, tying our Jewish roots to today's immigration issues. HIAS also mobilized the broader faith-based community by organizing the Midwest Interfaith Immigration Summit held in September in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, HIAS has worked in coalition with World Relief and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to coordinate a Faith Leaders Roundtable on Immigration, which recently finalized a Statement of Principles and developed faith-based messages for faith leaders to use with media in their local communities. Grants from the Open Society Institute and the Carnegie Corporation

of New York have helped to fund much of our work surrounding comprehensive immigration reform throughout the past year. Missions to Washington HIAS' Washington office plays a key role in introducing various constituencies to advocating before elected and government officials for policies and legislation that fall within HIAS' mission. In 2008, HIAS DC continued in that role when HIAS Young Leaders from across the country came to Washington for the opportunity to advocate on behalf of vulnerable migrants. On their agenda were discussions on SSI benefits for humanitarian migrants; the Iraqi refugee crisis; and the DREAM Act, which would offer 50,000 to 65,000 high school students an opportunity to apply for conditional legal status and eventual citizenship based on strong character, hard work, and the pursuit of military service or higher education. It was a particularly successful mission with the added benefit of preparing the next generation of HIAS activists.

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History, Education, and Outreach

In 2008, HIAS awarded $350,000 in scholarships to more than 215 qualifying students in the United States and Israel for academic, professional, and vocational education.

e'dor le'dor--connecting one generation of Jews to the other--is central to HIAS' mission. HIAS continues to reach out to former clients--Holocaust survivors, those who fled Hungary and North Africa in the 1950s and 1960s, and more recent refugees from the FSU and Iran. In addition, younger émigrés and American-born Jews are turning to HIAS to learn about their families' migration experience and to connect to Jewish communities, past, present, and future.

History The HIAS Location and Family History Services reunites family members separated by war, displacement, and migration. In 2008, the program received some 3,000 requests for assistance in finding missing persons, locating key migration documents, and researching family history. Monthly HIAS seminars for Russian and English speakers, as well as HIAS presentations at regional and national conferences, are attracting novices in the field of Jewish genealogy and experienced researchers. Sessions feature HIAS' renowned collections of immigration records dating back to 1909 and training in conducting on-line family history and immigration research. The HIAS archives constitute a unique resource for those delving into genealogy and family history as well as for scholars, writers, artists and others researching American Jewish immigration and U.S. refugee policy. During 2008, HIAS focused on safeguarding the future of its archival records, especially those of the post-war years, ranging from documents on the rescue of Jewish children from Castro's Cuba to the mass immigration of Russianspeaking Jews from the USSR. Indeed, increased access to our materials is crucial for all those exploring these issues or looking to connect to their global Jewish roots.

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Alisa Davidova, winner of the 2008 Herman and Pearl Benioff Scholarship Award, proudly shows off her certificate.

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helping them to prepare for citizenship. The 2008 HYL mission to Washington, DC, attracted a number of recent refugees from the FSU and Iran, as well as activists whose families left Egypt, Syria, and Eastern Europe with HIAS' help. Training sessions on Capitol Hill helped participants to advocate with their elected officials on behalf of Jewish and other immigrants. HIAS Scholarships Education is key to success in American society, and the HIAS Scholarship Program, inaugurated in 1974, gives a boost to hundreds of talented, deserving refugees and immigrants each year. In

Valery Bazarov, assistant director, HIAS Location and Family History Services, on a research trip to the newly opened International Tracing Service at Bad Arolsen, Germany.

HIAS' new social networking Internet site--www.myStory.hias.org--provides a year by year account of Soviet Jewish emigration, while enabling registered users to share their stories of escape and newfound freedom and reconnect with other émigrés. The site is attracting stories from a highly diverse group worldwide-- from Soviet veterans of World War II to poets and published authors, to adults in their 30s reflecting on their teen years as newcomers to America. Efforts are now underway to link the site to digitized archival materials that will provide a rare look into the world of refugee rescue and resettlement. HIAS Young Leaders (HYL) Connecting one generation to the next also expresses the vision of HIAS Young Leaders, which now number nearly 1,500 professionals and graduate students based in New York; Washington, DC; Los Angeles; and Chicago. HIAS Young Leaders, including many newcomers to America, advocate, educate, volunteer, and raise funds to support refugees and immigrants through HIAS' global programs. The group has been recognized for its highly creative work to develop future leadership for the Jewish

HIAS Young Leaders help prepare Central American immigrants for their naturalization examinations.

community and HIAS. Recently, the Jewish Youth Philanthropy Institute of Rockville, MD, awarded a grant to our DC Young Leaders to help prepare Central American immigrants for their naturalization tests. Matching funds were provided by private donors. HYL hosts both special and ongoing events in other cities that attract lively and diverse crowds. In New York, Khalid Abood al-Khafajee, a former translator for the U.S. Marines in Iraq and a recent arrival to the U.S., addressed Young Leaders on American policy and other issues facing the four million displaced Iraqis. In Los Angeles, Young Leaders tutored Russian Jewish refugees weekly in English and in American history,

2008, HIAS awarded $350,000 in scholarships to more than 215 qualifying students in the U.S. and Israel for academic, professional, and vocational education. With deep emotion, keynote speakers and students at ceremonies in New York, Los Angeles, and Tel Aviv related the impact of HIAS scholarships on the lives of newcomers. As Monica Yeroushalmi of Los Angeles, born in Teheran and now a third-year psycho-biology major at the University of California-Los Angeles, remarked, "Be it financial assistance or resettlement, HIAS has been a huge catalyst in my life . . . . With all of your help, it is possible for me to one day give back to society."

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Thank You...

In 2007, charitable contributions from individuals, foundations, Jewish federations, synagogues, corporations, and other groups enabled HIAS to fulfill its mission to rescue those in peril, reunite families in freedom, and enable newcomers to build new lives with hope and prosperity. HIAS extends its heartfelt thanks to all and recognizes those below, whose special generosity is helping to ensure a strong future for our work.

-- The Hilibrand Foundation, Lawrence E. and Deborah Hilibrand -- Irwin Jacobs -- Jewish World Watch -- Kelen Family Foundation, Erwin A. Kelen -- Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Inc., Ruth M. Patt, Trustee -- Walter Lener -- Queensboro Hill Jewish Center, Flushing, NY -- Michael B. Rukin -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Annette S. Eskind William and Susan Friedlander Carl E. Glick Jil and Michael* Greenbaum The Guzik Foundation, Nahum Guzik Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, OH Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, KS Natasha Kagalovsky David and Ruth Kestenbaum Edward P. Krugman in memory of Paula A. Krugman Leo & Trude Lemle Family Foundation Richard Leonard and Michelle Mutter Jacqueline and Howard H. Levine Jeffrey M. Loewy The Lucille and Paul Maslin Foundation, Inc. Holly McDaniel Herbert H. and Fritzi Owens Paragon Motors of Woodside, Inc., Mrs. Edith Singer Norman J. Resnicow Abraham & Sonia Rochlin Foundation Jeffrey and Susan Rubenstein Jacques Sardas Seymour Scharf Philip J. Solondz Family Foundation Susanne F. Spatz Helen and Jerry Stern Irvin and Ruth Swartzberg Family Foundation, Lois S. Zoller Carol and Kenneth Weiser Worldwide Motors, LTD., Mrs. Edith Singer

$10,000 - $24,999

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$1,000,000 +

-- Vivian G. Prins Foundation

$500,000 - $999,999

-- National Federation/Agency Alliance of United Jewish Communities and Participating Federations

$100,000 - $499,999

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$1,000 - $4,999

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$50,000 - $99,999

-- The Blavatnik Charitable Foundation -- Doctorow Family Endowment Fund, Jarvis and Constance Doctorow -- Robert and Eleanor Freilich -- Helen and Rita Lurie Foundation, Frederick Lubcher, President -- Estate of Heinz Martin Schwarz -- Estate of Selma Sterling

$25,000 - $49,999

-- Rita A. Aranow * -- Carnegie Corporation of New York -- Estate of Herman and Rita Doll Inter Vivos Trust -- John Greenberg

$5,000 - $9,999

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Norman M. and Marsha Lee Berkman Edward and Marcie Berkson Gary Berman I. Jack and Elsie L. Bernstein Foundation, Inc. Bernadette and Allan Beyda Michael and Elizabeth Biernoff Adam Birek The Birmingham Jewish Federation, AL The Abe and Sidney Block Foundation Estate of Dorothy Blumenfeld Rose Blumkin Foundation, Inc., Babe Cohen Susan Borkin and Gerald Hurwitz Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Britton The Broitman Foundation, Inc. Henry Brysk Minna Rodnon Buck Melvin J. Bukiet and Jill L. Goodmann W. Stewart Cahn Marvin N. Cantor Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation, IL Rafael R. and Lydia Chikvashvili Shelley Cohen Abraham J. Cohen Family Charitable Foundation Elias A. Cohen Foundation, Inc. John C. and Jane Colman Congregation Agudath Achim Anshe Mishnitz, W. Hempstead, NY The Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Foundation, Inc. Helen and Philip Delman Foundation, Inc. The Ruby Diamond Foundation Lawrence and Helen Doppelt Harry Dreicer Barry J. and Tova Effron Hon. Betty W. Ellerin Mr. and Mrs. Richard England Rafael Feferman Feldenkreis Family Foundation, Inc., George Feldenkreis Fidelity Brokerage Services Ben Fishbein Donald J. Fleishaker Rudolph and Hilda U. Forchheimer Foundation, Inc. Matthew Forti Herbert and Eileen Franks Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Freedman Karen J. Friedman Ruth and Jack Glantz Family Foundation, Inc. Betty Glass The Glickenhaus Foundation, Seth M. and Sarah Glickenhaus Global Impact Rose and Max Gold Foundation Yona A. Goldberg Arnold and Arlene Goldstein Solomon and Else Goldstein Donna A. Goodman Gorlitz Foundation Ltd. Yvette and Larry Gralla Milton and Shirley Gralla Mr. and Mrs. Robert Granoff Jerome Green Neil Greenbaum Greensboro Jewish Federation, NC Hans and Doris Grunwald Estate of Julius Guggenheimer Barbara Gunther Gerard Gunzburger Irving and Eva Gurin Peter Guthmann Lynne B. Harrison

National Federation/ Agency Alliance Partnership

HIAS is a beneficiary of United Jewish Communi es' Na onal Federa on/ Agency Alliance, a group of local federa ons partnering with nine na onal agencies that build capacity and support the work of Jewish federa ons and their local affiliates and advance the goals of the federa on system. Funds contributed to the Alliance by par cipa ng federa ons are reallocated to the nine agencies. HIAS extends its deep thanks to UJC, the Alliance, the par cipa ng federa ons below, and the dedicated leadership of these Jewish communal bodies for their staunch support of our mission. Jewish Federa on of Greater Atlanta, GA The Associated: Jewish Community Federa on of Bal more, MD Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, MA Jewish Federa on of Metropolitan Chicago, IL Jewish Community Federa on of Cleveland, OH Allied Jewish Federa on of Colorado Columbus Jewish Federa on, OH Jewish Federa on of Greater Dallas, TX Jewish Federa on of Delaware Jewish Federa on of Metropolitan Detroit, MI UJA Federa on of Greenwich, CT Jewish Federa on of Greater Houston, TX Jacksonville Jewish Federa on, FL Jewish Federa on of Greater Long Beach & West Orange County, CA Jewish Federa on of Greater Los Angeles, CA Jewish Community Federa on of Louisville, KY Memphis Jewish Federa on, TN United Jewish Communi es of Metrowest, NJ Greater Miami Jewish Federa on, FL Milwaukee Jewish Federa on, WI Minneapolis Jewish Federa on, MN UJA-Federa on of New York, NY United Jewish Federa on of Northeastern New York UJA Federa on of Northern New Jersey Jewish Federa on of Ocean County, NJ Jewish Federa on of Greater Orange County, NY Jewish Federa on of Palm Beach County, FL United Jewish Federa on of Pi sburgh, PA Jewish Federa on of Rhode Island Jewish Community Federa on of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Coun es, CA Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federa on, FL Jewish Federa on of Greater Sea le, WA Jewish Federa on of Southern Arizona Springfield Jewish Federa on, IL Jewish Federa on of St. Louis, MO United Jewish Federa on of Tidewater, VA Jewish Federa on of Greater Washington, DC

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Rhoda Hecht Paul L. Heiman Fritz F. Heimann Howard Heller, M.D. Lianne Herzberg Helen G. and Arnold Hoffman Anette Hollander and Myron Kaplan Jerry J. Hornstein IBM Corporation Jeffrey S. Isen Theodore and Aimee Jackness Jewish Community Board of Akron, Inc., OH Jewish Community Youth Foundation, NJ Jewish Federation of Arkansas Jewish Federation of Broward County, FL Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, LA Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, IN Jewish Federation of Nashville, TN Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, CA Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey Estate of Al Jolson Michael and Lynn Kahan Henry Kaplan Nancy R. Karp Harvey Katz Larry and Julie Keefer Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Kellman Martin Kesten Family Fund Daniel Khodorkovsky Estate of Bessie Kirshenbaum Caryl Kligfeld

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Morris and Zita Liebermensch Arthur and Susan Lindenauer Richard S. Lindzen Lorain Jewish Welfare Fund, Lorain, OH Leslie Mann Endowment Fund Jed and Jessica Marcus The J.S. & S. Michaan Foundation Dmitry Milman David E. Morewitz Harry A. Morewitz Morse Family Foundation, Linda Morse Sandy Mozes Charles and Jessica Myers Norman and Charlotte Nadel Marian R. Nathan The Nathanson-Abrams Family Foundation, Bobbie Abrams David and Carol Norr Adam Novak Doris Ofner Olive Bridge Fund, Prudence L. Steiner Claire F. Perlman James and Alicia Prusky Queens Village Jewish Center, NY Dr. Alan N. Rachleff David and Diane Resnicow Norman Rich The Ridgefield Foundation David A. and Marion Rocker Tobey H. and Deborah Roland Estate of Harry Roman Jeffrey H. Rosen Sol A. and Carolyn Rosen The Joseph Rosen Foundation Estate of Ella Rosenthal Barbara S. Rosenthal, Esq. Barry Rosenthal Laura and Herbert Roskind Peter Rosmarin Martin S. Rothman Louisa Rubinfien and Jacob Schlesinger Rutenberg Family Foundation Inc. Irving Sager San Diego County Combined Federal Campaign Morton and Lila Savada Mervin L. Schloss Philip M. Schlussel The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation Israel Schwab Pauline Schwager Eric and Catherine Schwartz Evelyn Seelig Jack A. and Shirley Serber Robert and Shirley Shack Estate of Saul Shapiro Benson and Norma Shapiro Shickman Family Foundation Aida Slabotzky Alan and Susan Solomont Stephen and Galya Sosnick Rita Sostrin Lionel and Vivian Spiro Harry M. and Vicki Sterling Beatrice Steyer Estate of Ilsa Stiefel The Max and Ida Strauss Foundation, Inc., Fred S. Strauss Leopold Swergold Peter A. Szekely Harry and Carol Tabak

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Eve Tal Louis and Amy Taratoot Fred Teshinsky The Martin R. Lewis Charitable Foundation, Inc. Tidor Family Foundation Tropham Foundation, Inc. Michael Tuch Foundation, Inc. The Turk Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, CA Reuven Uberman, C.M. Uberman Enterprises, Inc. United Jewish Council of Greater Toledo, OH The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism The Wagner Foundation Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement, Melvin J. Wallerstein Harry D. Weininger The Sidney Weinman Memorial Fund The Weinreb-Berenda-Carter Foundation Ava Weiss Alexander and Inez White Robert and Roelie Whitehill Henry Wiesel Leon Wildes Wine Library, Sasha Vaynerchuk Migs Woodside Dmitriy Yavid Esther and Irving Yessenow The Frieda & George Zinberg Foundation

$500 - $999

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-- David Durst -- Sara and Max Efron Memorial Fund of the Jewish Federation of Seattle, WA -- Max Engel -- Sanford and Nancy Epstein -- Evansville Jewish Community Council, Inc., IN -- Tali Farimah Farhadian -- The Feuerring Foundation -- Dorothea H. Fingerhood -- Finkelstein Family Foundation -- Estate of Herman Fischer -- Gerald and Anne Freedman -- Arnold T. Galkin -- Joan Gampert -- William Ganz -- Robert and Zinca Garber -- Erica and Stuart Garrie -- Michael and Jane Gavronsky -- E. Peter and Joyce Geiduschek -- Betty R. and Morton Geller -- Marion and Gerald Gendell -- Mr. and Mrs. Max Gitter -- Irving and Evelyn Glazer -- Douglas Glucroft -- Alvin Goldfarb -- Elihu and Dorothy Goldish -- Daniel J. Goldman Foundation, Inc. -- Goldman, Sachs & Co. -- Mark and Patricia Gordon -- Ernest and Herta Gottschalk -- Harold and Priscilla Grabino -- The Greater Altoona Jewish Federation, PA -- Martha B. Greenebaum -- Louis C. & Celia K. Grossberg Foundation -- Bernard and Donna Gudvie -- The Guttman Family Foundation -- Natalie Haar -- Michael and Behnaz Haloossim -- Oscar and Lillian Handlin -- Martin and Lila Heilbrunn -- Barnett and Shirley Helzberg -- Simon and Mirna Hirschl -- Bernard and Ruth Hoberman -- Robert N. Holtzman -- Hazel T. Holub -- Robert and Sarah Hyams -- Allen and Marcia Isaac -- Thomas and Rosalba Jacob -- Morton and Dalia Jarashow -- Jewish Communal Fund, New York, NY -- Jewish Federation of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, TX -- Jewish Federation of Monmouth County, NJ -- Jewish Federation of Orange County, CA -- Tibor Jukelevics -- Myron and Judith Kaller -- Elliot and Ida Kaplan -- Jerome and Deena Kaplan -- Lawrence and Marilyn Kaplan -- Sandra and Ira Kaplan -- Jack Kay -- Jesse and Nancy Kirsch -- Edna Klein -- Philip Kleiner -- Selma Klingenstein -- Martina W. Knee -- David Kogan -- Carol Engle Kornfeld -- Milton Kurz -- Lawrence and Patricia Lampl -- Kim J. Landsman -- Marta Jo Lawrence

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Joel and Ruth Leavitt Walter F. Leinhardt Alan and Vilma Levi Raymond J. Levy The Lichtenstein Foundation, Inc. Joel Lipsitch and Abigail Melnick Lini Lipton Helga Lob Gerard and Doris Lowen Arthur Lunin Anna Malkiel Peter L. Malkin Jack Mamane Manitowoc Jewish Federation, Inc., WI The Boris Margolin Foundation, Inc. Susan M. Martin Lloyd Maryanov Master Bond, Inc. Daniel and Amy Matathias Claire G. Mazer Boris and Ella Metlitsky Ira and Pearl Meyer Microsoft Matching Gifts Program Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation, KS Susan Milamed and Jack Jacobs Jonas and Barbara Miller Ness Moadeb Morris Moel Irving Myerson Joseph Nacmias Monroe and Florence Nash Foundation, Inc. Matthew E. Naythons Michael Neigoff New York State United Teachers Norman W. Orth Mark H. Owens Robert O. Owens and Eve Klein Ruth Owens Sophia and Russell Page Louis Passman Curtis and Elsie Pearl Pensacola Jewish Federation, FL Roberto and Dalia Perelman Samuel and Ruth Perelson Pinnacle Direct Robert and Brenda Poller Neil Posner and Patricia Paone Evelyn Pozez Louis and Ruthann Pozez Naomi Raber Mario and Sara Rafalin Foundation Raleigh-Cary Jewish Federation, NC The Sandford and Laurayne Ratner Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, CA Harold and Phoebe Reff Sanford Ress David Roberts Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Gloria Rosenberg William and Sandra Rosenfeld Alfred Rosenfield Irving L. & Barbara Rousso Foundation Cyrus and Grace Rubin David and Shulamith Rubinfien Barnett and Donna Rukin The Jack & Anita Saltz Foundation, Inc. Henry and Susan Salzhauer Mildred Samuels Myron and Doris Saranga Arlene Sardell Eric and Virginia Schenker

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Schenker Family Foundation Rabbi Arthur Schneier Leslie, Judith, and Gabrielle Schreyer Simeon A. Schwartz and Ellen Greenebaum The Beatrice & Samuel A. Seaver Foundation Bernardine Seiden Kurt and Judith Shaffert Shimon and Malka Shalit Estate of Maria Shapiro Joseph S. Shapiro Thomas G. Shapiro and Emily T. Kline The George F. and Myra Shaskan Foundation, Inc. Herb & Barbara Shear Anna L. Shereff Irving M. Shuman The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Foundation Silberstein Foundation, Inc. Mae S. Silver Allan Silverman Rita and Julian Simon Gregory H. Siskind Sobel Affiliates, Inc. Sally Solomon George and Peggy Spiegel Michael and Susan Steele Sophie and Dimitri R. Stein Rabbi Jonathan and Susan Stein Susan Steinsapir Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles, CA Maurice Sternberg Ursula Strauss Rosalie H. Stutz Henry and Rita Taca Rudolph and Ida Tenenbaum Colette N. Thaw Irwin M. Thrope Maxine L. Thumim Jackson Toby Stuart and Marilyn Troy Sanford and Beth Ungar United Jewish Appeal and United Federation of Johnstown, PA United Jewish Communities of Sunbury, PA United Jewish Fund of St. Joseph, MO Konstantin and Victoria Verni Alvin Warsaw Estate of Paula Weil Dorle Weil Mary Weinmann Harris and Rosa Weinstein David Weiser Marvin Wenger Yuli and Martha Wexler Jeffrey and Rita Wilder Steven Wolf Sergio Wolkovisky Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, OH Michael Zuckerman Stanley R. Zupnik Robert and Sally Zveibil

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Isaac Afrangui Harold and January Akselrad Nessim and Patricia Algranati Morton and Rita Alterman Cary and Linda Aminoff Hayyim J. Angel Anonymous (3) Irving Applebaum Harold J. Arkava Martin and Evelyn Auerbach Benjamin Bagno Dr. Arnold and Ora Band Stephen A. Bank Alan Barer Alan L. Barer Michael and Debbi Bass Joseph Behar Elliott Benjamin Alan Berg Irwin and Elaine Berg Mark J. Berger Jerome Berko Paul Berko Nathaniel and Myra Berkowitz Linda Berliner David Bernhaut Michael and Tama Bernstein Robert and Georgia Bertcher Laszlo Bio Lisa Birzen Nathan Blau David and Norma Blecker Theodore and Dorothy Bleecker Nettie Bleiberg Gordon and Julie Blewis J. G. Bloch Ernest Bogen Fred and Lila Bondy Ahsan and Rita Bootehsaz Emmanuel Boutboul Victor Braha Ervin Braun Sharon Breslau Jack Brickman Florence and Norman Brody Jacob Brown Marlene Brown Norman and Bernice Brown Steven and Nancy Bruckner Sheldon A. Buckler Jeffrey Buller and Esther Goldsmith-Butler Seymour Burg Robert and Maria Burka Shirley and Robert Careskey Chaoul Chakkalo Chaman Oriental Rugs CMBS/Realty One D. W. Cohen

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Harold and Elsa Cohen Marsha G. Cohen Melvin C. Cohen Morris L. Cohen Thelma Cohen Prof. Sherman L. Cohn Allen and Jone Dalezman Erika Danty J. S. and Helen Davis Igor and Keiko Dawid Sitta Dessau Deutsch Charitable Foundation Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Michael Ditkoff Doris & Abraham Getzler Family Foundation, Inc. Richard and Dorothy Dorsay Jesse Drogin Suzanne F. Dunbar Ruth Ebel Melvin and Dolores Ehrlich Warren and Mitzi Eisenberg Lili and Robert Endlich Barry Epstein Abraham Eskenazi Fabrangen Tzedakah Collective, Daniel I. Gordon, Treasurer Sanford and Jeanne Fagadau Marvin Fastenberg Laura Feinland-Katz and Steven Katz Herbert and Regina Feuerstein Herbert Feurstein Ernest and Marcia Field Mark Fiskin Steven S. Foldes Judith Forman Paul and Edith Fraiberg Andrew and Eva Frank Toby Frankel William C. Freund C. H. Friedman and Lynn Schenk Charles H. Fuchsman Louis and Eva Galpern Andrew and Nina Gaspar GE Foundation Daniel Gelbaum Michael and Lisa Gelfand Robert W. Gelfman Louis and Gwendolyn S. Gertz Grigory Gimelfarr Allan Glass Gary Goldberg John and Suzanne Golden Lester and Marion Goldfischer Robert and Frieda Golding Beryl Goldman Lawrence A Goldman Eric and Tamar Goldstein Jonathan and Helen Goldstein Lisa L. Goldstein Stanley M. Goldstein Jeff Goodman Ezra and Jeanette Gordon Rosalind Green Frank and Judith Greenberg Rita and Irving Greenberg David Greenfield Renee Greenfield Leon Greenspan Julio and Raquel Grosfeld Marvin and Joanne Grossman Renee and Manfred Gruenspecht

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Philanthropic Fund Seymour and Manya Gussack Leo and Laura Guthart Edward Guzovsky Esther and Norman Harris Kenneth and Helen Hartoch Robert and Carol Hausman Roger S. Hayes and Sophia Liang Hazleton Jewish Community Council, PA Ernest Henley Bill and Karen Herbstman Mark Hetfield Sydney and Hermia Heyman Abraham Hirsch Judith Hochberger Martin Hochdorf Howard Hoffen Howard M. Holtzmann Hy and BettyAnn Honig Leo and Sarah Horowitz Jeffrey and Linda Ingber Vladimir and Bella Isakovich Jerrick Waterproofing Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, OH The Jewish Community Foundation of South Palm Beach County, FL Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, CA Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford, MA Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, OR Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, PA Jophed/Thomas Foundation Rubin and Judy Josephs Janet and Andrew Juster Scott Kanas Rochelle L. Kaplan Roberta Karmel-Harrison and David Harrison Eric and Adrienne Karp Gerda Kassner L. R. and Kathleen Kaswell Boris and Nicole Katz Herbert Katz Judy Katz Sidney Katz Alfred Kaufman Ruth J. Kaufman Abraham and Judy Keehn Larry and Diana Kent William and Edythe Kenton Lawrence and Toba Kerson Arlene and Martin Kesselhaut Harry and Doraline Kesten Yuri Khersonsky Sheldon Kimmel Luba Kipnis Judy S. Klein Larissa B. Klein Shirley Klein Thomas and Susan Klein Ellen J. Kleinman Paul Knie Michael Kotok Esther Koven Toby Kram Howard and Jane Kramer Leonore S. Krieger Joseph and Rachel Kruskal Neil and Marilyn Kutin Eugene Kuznetsov Andras G. Lacko Leslie and Woolf Laiken Luis and Lee Lainer

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Sheldon H. Landesman and Barbara Finger Eugene M. Lang Sheila Last Bernard and Frances Laterman John S. & Florence G. Lawrence Foundation, Inc. Joyce Leavitt Brian E. Lebowitz K. A. Leight Rene and Michele Lerer Alan and Agnes Leshner Alvan and Shirley Levenson Beatrice and Abraham Levine Robert and Barbara Levine Sylvia Levitan Howard J. Levy Paul and Nancy Levy Sam and Nina Levy Dick H. Lewent Robert Licht Jan A. Liff Stella Likhterman Peter and Edith Limburg Charles Lindner Celia Littenberg Jaime and Sylvia Liwerant Donald Lubick Alan S. Lungen Michael and Judith Luskin Jessie MacDonald Morton Malavsky Nessim and Denise Maleh Hannah L. Malkin Joseph L. Mark Kenneth A. Max Thomas Mayer Stanley and Jean Meadows Bruce P. and Amy Mehlman Sam Menlo Esther and Mark Mildner Jonas and Judy Mimoun Frederick and Irene Molod Neil and Karen Moss Eddie and Irma Muller S. E. Nash Belle & Murray Nathan Philanthropic Fund Louis K. Navias Ronald and Janet Neschis Steve and Suzanne Neuburger Neal and Pamela Neuman Nicolae Neuman Pierce and Risa Neuman Evelyn and John Neumeyer Charles and Richard Oestreich Foundation, Inc. Robert and Sondra Oliver Ozzie Orbach Julius Pearl Amy Perlin Lili Perski Eric J. Peterman and Ellen Resnick Svetlana Pfau Stuart and Anita Plotkin Howard and Geraldine Polinger Eugene and Elaine Posnick Aaron and Arleen Priest Propp Foundation, Inc. Ben and Effie Raber Morton and Miriam Raff Leonid and Alexandra Raiz Fred Rednor Marcus and June Reidenberg Yakov and Natalie Rekhter Jeffrey and Rebecca Rich

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Sheila Robbins Jarrow L. Rogovin Frederick Rolf Michael Rosen and Karen Fox Philip Rosen Bruce Rosenblum and Irina GolfmanRosenblum Marvin and Roberta Ross Barbara and Sheldon Rothblatt Peter Rothman Irving J. Rotkin Samuel and Phyllis Rubinovitz Ina R. Sarin-Beck Schaeffer Family Foundation Emil Schafer Robert and Bluma Schechter Barry and Linda Scher Michael E. Schimler Andrea and Leo Schwartz Alvin and Dorothy Schwartz Foundation The Seacoast Foundation Ted Segal John and Reva Segall Karl and Cyril Segall David L. Seidenberg Sherman E. Shapiro Mehran Shayefar Marina Shpirt Lee and Judith Shulman Robert Siev Michael and Roberta Silber Alex A. Silberwasser Lee and Myrna Silverman Inna Simakovsky Joseph S. Simmons Murray Simpson Fred W. Sinay May Soll Herbet and Elene Solomon Ruth and Alfred Sporer Harvey and Paula Steinberg Ted Sternberg Fred Sterzer Josephine N. Strauss Sylvia D. Sznajder Joyce B. Talal Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation, Inc., FL Stuart and Martha Tell Temple Emanu-El, Livingston, NJ Temple Emeth, Delray Beach, FL Temple Shaaray Tefila, NYC Marvin and Suzanne Tenenbaum Vivienne Tollin Maurice Tonkin Daniel Toubian Tyler Federated Jewish Welfare Fund, TX Rose Ullman Stephen B. Ungar Irena Veksler-Offengenden Lastie Vincent Andrew and Erna Viterbi Yakov Volovik Paul and Dorothy Wachter Howard Wagman Mark Walzman Melvin and Sandra Warshal Donna and Jerry Wasserman Barry and Elsa Waxman Max Weinblum Leon and Sandra Weiner H. M. and Joyce Weingartner

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Neil A Weinrib & Associates Marcus Weiss Janis and Saul Weissman Edith West Joni and George White Robert and Gail Wilensky John B. Winston John and Peggy Wolf Yusef Yagbes Azadeh Yaghoubian Maurice and Belle Yankow The Yentis Foundation Benjamin Zalman Leon Zanger Alexey and Polina Zatsman Murray Zeisel David Zielenziger Jerrold and Ellen Ziman Alexander and Ella Zimmer Robert M. Zimmerman David Zinger

HIAS gratefully acknowledges the generous 2007 support of the following governmental and non-governmental agencies:

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-- UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement -- U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

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HIAS Heritage Society

The HIAS Heritage Society pays tribute to those who secure HIAS' mission and financial future by remembering HIAS in their estate plans or with lifetime income gifts. HIAS Heritage Society membership ensures that HIAS will always be here, l'dor v'dor, from generation to generation, ready to rescue and resettle people suffering persecution or living in peril, and reunite them with their families in safe haven. We recognize with great appreciation the members of the HIAS Heritage Society.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Bobbie Abrams Anonymous (31) Leo and Lore Baer Ludwig Baier* J. Bamberger Dr. Bernard Belasco Howard A. and Dorothy G. Berger Harry and Rosalind Bialor Alfred W. and Sylvia Blum Dr. Ronald Blum Jerome and Rhoda Fixell Brookman Mario and Rodica Brunu Fred and Lotte Buff Sadie-Jane Effron Cahn W. Stewart Cahn Alan J. and Audrey M. Carlan Flora D. Chale Sidney* and Rose May Closter Arnold Lewis Cohen Marv and Mildred Conney Ruth B. Cowan John Crow Carie J. Delmar Sylvia B. Eisenberg* Louis* and Adelle Engel Annette S. Eskind Mitzi Fleischer Shirley Fleischer Edward Fleischman Donald J. and Dorothy L.* Fleishaker Rabbi Arthur W. and Linda Flicker Robert Alan Freibrun Robert and Eleanor Freilich Dr. William C. Freund Eugene and Edith F. Friedman Paul S. Frommer Arnold Geier Max and Doris Gendelman Herta Gertler Bernard Gevertzman Carl Glick Marvin Glyder Kurt Goldstrom Harold* and Sarah Gordon Neil Greenbaum Martin and Lorraine Greenfield Lorri M. Greif Edith Grosz* Dr. Cy Gruberg Edwin F. Hantman Louis and Geraldine Hantman Charles J. Hellman Peter C. Hereld Professor Gerald and Nisha Holton Alice Sterling Honig

Mitzvah Club

We recognize with great appreciation the members of the Mitzvah Club, HIAS' recurring monthly giving program, as of December 31, 2007.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Robert Altman Gideon and Victoria Aronoff Myron Bear Dr. and Mrs. Robert O. Begtrup Fina Bortnik Dr. H. Leon Bradlow Robin Cassidy Dr. Anatol T. Chari Mr. and Mrs. Lyman H. Cohen Alexander Deutsch Dr. Francis N. Dukes-Dobos Abby S. Eason Mrs. Dolores Ehrlich Mr. and Mrs. Julian Espar Norman Feldman Oleg Geller Mortimer Haims Seymour C. Heck Jill A. Herman Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Hirsch Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Katz Mr. and Mrs. Seymour D. Kottler Jerry Kraim Jack Luchs Mr. and Mrs. Manfred Marx Irina Masinovsky Dmitry Milikovsky Dr. and Mrs. Solomon L. Moshe Harry Newman Dr. Shirley F. Partoll Emillie Passow Dr. Abram Poczter Dr. Judith H. Rettig Mr. and Mrs. B. Benjamin Saketkhou Dale M. and Susan Schwartz Dr. David W. Seldin Jan Stein Lois A. Steinberg Bernard H. Walden Bernard S. Weintraub Samuel Weintrub Dr. George L Wolff

We gratefully acknowledge the generous pro bono contributions from the following:

Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Ronald F. Daitz, General Counsel, and his colleagues at the firm Ethan E. Wantman, Web site development consultant

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Marion R. House Robert L. Israeloff Alfred I. and Mimi Jaffe Daniel S. Kampel* Maurice Kanbar Aaron Kaplan Peter Katz Jerome M. Kaufer Terry M. Kaufer Ellen Kaufman Erwin A. Kelen Leonard Kesten Rae Klasson Dr. Bernard Klionsky Dr. Peter* and Carol Kornfeld Donald M. Landis George Langnas Vera Laroche Jack H. Levin Henry A. Levine Jacqueline and Howard Levine Janet White Loeb* Jeffrey M. Loewy Gertrude Margolis Harriet Margolis Henry D. and Patricia Mayer Marianne Mayer Elizabeth Melamid Karen Merns John and Hilda Mester Rabbi Michael A. Meyer Morton A. Michel Irving I. and Eva Miller Ralph A. Milliken Alan H. Molod Tess A. Morris Sanford K. Mozes Max and Frances E. Mutchnick Paul S. Nadler* Ruth Oppenheim Louis Osofsky Jason E. Pearl Shearn and Linda Platt Lillian G. Podell David I. Portman John Predescu Arthur Radack Renee Renard Eli and Adina Reshotko Dr. Judith Levine Rettig Kurt Roberg Andrew and Marietta Romay Robert Ronald Irwin David and Hilda Keer Rosenman Adolph Rosenthal* Alice Rubinstein Dr. Regina Rumstein Beatrice Sager Helga M. Schein Steven and Rita Schlosser Philip M. Schlussel Samuel Schneeweiss Dr. Irwin Schwade Dale and Susan Schwartz Michael Schwartzman Alice Schwarz* Edward W. and Shirlee Schwarz Sidney Z. Searles Karl Heinz and Cyril Segall Clifford T. Shay Aaron and Alice Shlevin Eleonore Siegel

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Winfred and Lillian T. Siegel Grant* and Lydia Sipp Max* and Joan Smedresman Stephen and Florence Soble Curt Spiegel Stanley Stangren Stanley and Anita S. Steiner Morry and Selma Sterling* Ludi Stern Rose Sturman Betsy Tanner Sidney Tanner* Milton Teichman Jerome S. and Suzanne Teller Florence Toledano Leonard Topper Donald H. Tranin Peggy Trau* Max B. and Miriam Vernon Calvin Vogel Claire Weidman Nathan and Adele Weinberg Milton Weiner Natalie Weinstein Kenneth and Carol Weiser Dr. Pauline E. Weiss Herbert I. and Selma Weisz Robert A. Wiener* Halina Wolf Hubert Wolff Sylvia Wubnig* Michael Yanowitch Louis* and Sylvia Zelekovitz

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF HIAS employs 280 worldwide. With gratitude for each of their contributions, we have listed only those who head programs because of space constraints.

Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO

Evelyn Bennett, Executive Coordinator Mark Hetfield, Senior Vice President, Policy & Programs Lisa Sferrazza, Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President Eric Newman, Director International Operations Leslie Timko, Associate Director Enrique Burbinski, Director, HIAS Latin America Sabrina Lustgarten, Director, HIAS Ecuador Neil Grungras, Regional Director, Europe & Middle East Joyce Kanja, Acting Director, Chad Emily Russ, Director, HIAS Vienna Estelle F. Strizhak, Director, HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya Leonard Terlitsky, Director, HIAS Moscow/Kiev Aaron Gershowitz, Director, Refugee & Immigration Services Harvey Paretzky, Associate Director, Refugee Resettlement Alla Shagalova, Associate Director, Immigration Services Simon Wettenhall, Lead Advocate, Prins Asylum Program Maria Teverovsky, Associate Director, Refugee Family Strengthening Program Marina Belotserkovsky, Director, Russian Communications & Outreach Gene Borsh, Associate Director Lisa Shuger, Washington Director Stephanie Grosser, Assistant Director

* of blessed memory

With Gratitude

A Legacy of Hope Beyond Our Lifetimes We recognize, with deep respect and appreciation, these individuals whose bequests to HIAS were received in 2007:

-- Estate of Dorothy Blumenfeld -- Estate of Seymour H. Cohn -- Estate of Herman and Rita Doll Inter Vivos Trust -- Estate of Abraham Fienberg -- Estate of Herman Fischer -- Estate of Julius Guggenheimer -- Estate of Rhoda K. Hirsch -- Estate of Al Jolson -- Estate of Molly Picon Kalich -- Estate of Bessie Kirshenbaum -- Estate of Godfrey F. Klein -- Estate of Edith Kubie -- Estate of Joseph A. Lang -- Estate of Janet White Loeb -- Leslie Mann Endowment Fund -- Estate of Harry Roman -- Estate of Ella Rosenthal -- Estate of Heinz Martin Schwarz -- Estate of Maria Shapiro -- Estate of Saul Shapiro -- Estate of Alice C. Sobelman -- Estate of Selma Sterling -- Estate of Ilsa Stiefel -- Estate of Stewart Unger -- Estate of Paula Weil -- Estate of Edward H. Weinberg

Melanie Nezer, Migration Policy Counsel Mark Mildner, Vice President, Finance & Administration Barbara Abramowitz, Director, Budget & Grants Kathleen Albaneze, Business Manager Jane Daniello, Director, Accounting Gene Lemire, Manager, Collections Frank Rotondi, Director, Information Services Susan Milamed, Vice President, Membership & Development Marina Aloyets, Associate Director, Institutional Giving Valery Bazarov, Assistant Director, Location & Family History Amy Greenstein, Assistant Director, Young Leadership Development Lisa Polakov, Assistant Director, Individual Giving Roberta Elliott, Vice President, Media & Communications Genever McBain, Manager Ronnie Lazar, Director, Human Resources Alma Thomas, Administrator

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HIAS Scholarship Program

In 2008, HIAS awarded $350,000 in scholarships to 215 qualifying students in the United States and Israel. We express our appreciation for the generosity of our scholarship funders. HIAS Scholarship Funds and Awards

-- The Louis and Anne Abrons Scholarship Fund -- The Paul W. Barrenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Esther Hoffman Beller Scholarship Fund -- The Belenkov Scholarship Award -- The Herman and Pearl Benioff Scholarship Fund -- The Judge Harold and Renee Berger Scholarship Award -- The Marsha Lee and Norman Berkman Scholarship Award -- The Regina and Sam Berkowitz Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Besen Family Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Bernard Bowman Scholarship Fund -- The Marilyn and Marshall Butler Scholarship Award -- The Nathan Chaikin Scholarship Fund -- The David J. and Jeannette I. Cohen Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Vladimir de Margulies Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Evi Eller Scholarship Fund -- The Francis E. and Esther B. Elliott Scholarship Fund -- The Joseph M. Engleman and Shirley Engleman Mezey Scholarship Fund -- The Annette and Irwin Eskind Scholarship Fund -- The Cecilia Fischmann Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Ann Eisenstark Fisher Scholarship Fund -- The Dorothy L. Fleishaker Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Dorothy and Donald J. Fleishaker Scholarship Fund -- The Edwin Forti Scholarship Award -- The Mrs. Harriet Galton Scholarship Fund -- The Morton and Betty R. Geller Scholarship Fund -- The Harry Ginsberg Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Ida Gordon Goldman Memorial Scholarship Fund

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-- The Anne and Benjamin Goor Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Aaron and Marion Gural Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Judge Murray I. Gurfein Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Milton Haas Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Roslyn and Benjamin Hayes Scholarship Fund -- The Renee Herman Scholarship Fund -- The HIAS Young Leaders Scholarship Award -- The Helen M. & Annetta E. Himmelfarb Scholarship Fund -- The Daniel and Gwen Hyman Scholarship Award -- The Gaynor Jacobson Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Abraham Kamber Scholarship Fund -- The Anna Kampel Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Simon Kampel Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Karp Family Scholarship Fund -- The Rosalind and Bernard Kaufman Scholarship Award -- The Morris Kawaler Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Kelen Family Foundation Scholarship Award -- The Shirley Knox Scholarship Award -- The Benjamin Kramer Memorial Scholarship Award -- The Jacob Leiman Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Ben Zion and Magda Shenberg Leuchter Scholarship Award -- The Jeanne and Samuel Lezberg Memorial Scholarship Award -- The Herbert and Elaine Liebman Scholarship Fund -- The Albert List Scholarship Fund -- The Lucius N. Littauer Scholarship Fund -- The Werner Lob Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Raymond Margolies Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Doris and Emanuel Markel Scholarship Endowment Fund -- The Celia and Marcos Maus Scholarship Fund -- The Abraham Mazer Memorial Scholarship Award -- The Frank Mazur Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Andre and Katherine Merage Foundation Scholarship Award

-- The David and Laura Merage Foundation Scholarship Award -- The Morningside Scholarship Fund -- The Olga Munkaczi and Edith GlogauStrenitz Scholarship Fund -- The Benjamin Nadel Scholarship Fund -- The George and Sarah Ohlhausen Scholarship Fund -- The Ohlhausen Graduate Scholarship Fund -- The Fritzi and Herbert Owens Honor Award -- The Yvonne and Leslie Pollack Scholarship Fund -- The Walter L. Popper Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund -- The Alexandra J. Raine Scholarship Award -- The Benjamin Reich Scholarship Fund -- The Al Reinfeld Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Fanny de Margulies Rosenak Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The David C. Ruttenberg Memorial Scholarship Award -- The David Sabarsky Second Chance Scholarship Fund -- The Norbert Schimmel Scholarship Fund -- The Richard Alan Shapiro Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Lisa and Stephan Shiffers Memorial Scholarship Award -- The Paul Singer Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Caroline & Sigmund Sinsheimer Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Philip J. Solondz Family Scholarship Award -- The Susanne F. Spatz Scholarship Award -- The Barbara Abrams Spector Scholarship Fund -- The Bessie Grossman Steinberg Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Helen and Jerry Stern Scholarship Fund -- The Hilda and Harry A. Sussman Scholarship Fund -- The Helen and Jacob Swergold Scholarship Fund -- The Nathan and Carol Teitel Scholarship Endowment Fund -- The Tillie and Max Teitel Scholarship Endowment Fund -- The Samuel Tisser Memorial Scholarship Award -- The United Synagogue Youth cholarship Award -- The Irving and Ann Usdan Scholarship Fund -- The Elsie and Alfred Viertel Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Morris Waber Memorial Scholarship Fund -- The Henia and Israel Warman Memorial Scholarship Award -- The Adele and Edward Weinberg Scholarship Fund -- The Leon Weiner Scholarship Fund -- The Wenick-Tetelman Family Scholarship Fund -- The Leontyna and Sol Wolf Scholarship Fund

Donors may create a fund that will help immigrant students over a number of years or they may contribute an award on an annual basis. To join our family of scholarship donors, or for more information about the HIAS Scholarship Program, please call (212) 613-1364, or visit our Web site at www.hias.org/fundscholarship.

How You Can Help

charitable deduction in the year the gift is made, receive income for life, and, if you establish your gift with appreciated property, save on capital gains tax. Scholarship Funds and Awards HIAS scholarship funds benefit talented refugee and immigrant students in need who reside in the United States or Israel. Donors may establish an endowed fund or contribute a scholarship award on an annual basis. For information, contact the HIAS Scholarship Department at (212) 613-1364 or [email protected] Annual Giving Your tax-deductible annual gift ensures that HIAS can fulfill its mission of rescue, resettlement, and reunion of refugees and immigrants and respond quickly to crises worldwide. Donations can be made in your own name, in memory of someone else, or in honor of an anniversary or family event. Consider joining the HIAS Mitzvah Club with your recurring monthly donation by credit card. We will send a gift acknowledgement to you or whomever you designate. Please send your tax-deductible gift to: HIAS Development Department, 333 Seventh Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001, or contribute on-line at www.hias.org. To contribute appreciated stock, please contact the Development Department at (212) 613-1438 or e-mail [email protected] Planned Giving HIAS Planned Gifts reach past your lifetime and create a legacy of safety for future generations of refugees and immigrants. Often, this type of gift can also improve your own financial situation by increasing your income, reducing or eliminating capital gains liability, and offering certain tax advantages. Individuals who provide for HIAS past their own lifetime are honored with membership in the HIAS Heritage Society, which pays tribute to their farsighted philanthropy. For information on gift and recognition opportunities including those listed below, please contact HIAS Planned Giving at (212) 613-1474 or [email protected] · Bequests As you remember HIAS in your will or name HIAS as a beneficiary of your life insurance, living trust, or qualified retirement plan, please note that the legal designation is "HIAS, Inc. (also known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), a 501(c)(3) organization, having its principal offices at 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001." · Life Income Gifts HIAS offers a wide range of gift plans, each offering distinct advantages, that allows you to tailor your giving to meet your personal needs and achieve your financial and philanthropic goals. These plans include Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Remainder Trusts. HIAS lifetime income gifts can be established with cash, appreciated marketable securities, or other assets. You will generate a substantial income tax Tax-Free IRA Gifts Take Advantage of Tax-Free Charitable Gifts from your IRA throughout 2008 and 2009. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, recently signed into law, offers a wonderful opportunity to make tax-free charitable gifts from your IRA if you complete your transfer by December 31, 2008 (for 2008) or by December 31, 2009 (for 2009). Withdrawal from your IRA will be tax-free if: · You are age 70 ½ or older. · The gift is made directly from your IRA. · The IRA transfer goes directly to HIAS. · The gifts do not exceed $100,000 in 2008 or in 2009. (Married spouses with separate IRAs can each donate $100,000 in each year.) · The gift is made outright to HIAS and does not provide for economic benefits to the donor such as the payment of an annuity. Check with your financial adviser how best to take advantage of this two-year opportunity that ends December 31, 2009. For further information, please contact us at (212) 613-1474, or at [email protected] hias.org.

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FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR YEARS ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2007 AND 2006

Audited Financial Summary Condensed Summary of Statement of Activities & Statement of Financial Position (in thousands)

2007 2006 Revenues, gains, and other support Jewish Federations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $744 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $745 Contributions and memberships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,164 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,974 Operating grants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,073 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,683 Bequests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .801 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,612 Government and intergovernmental agencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,625 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,667 Migrant loan processing fees and repayments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .288 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293 Investment income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,589 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,331 Service fees and miscellaneous revenue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 484 (Loss) on split-interest agreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (195) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (151) Total revenue, gains, losses, and other support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23,090 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22,638 Expenses Program services Domestic operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,771 Overseas operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,067 Total program services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17,838 Supporting services Management and general . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,159 Fundraising ­ membership services and solicitation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,315 Total supporting services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,474 Total expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21,312

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,769 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,917 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,686 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,443 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 884 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,327 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17,013

Net change in general operating assets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ($1,896) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $599 Net change in funds functioning as endowments and temporary and permanently restricted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,674 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,026 Total net change in assets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,778 . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,625 Assets Cash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,114 Prepaid pension costs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,709 Investments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69,375 Receivables from U.S. government & others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,724 Deposits and prepaid expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .244 Beneficial interests in trusts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,391 Furniture, equipment, leasehold improvements, and construction in progress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .821 Total assets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78,378 Liabilities Accounts payable and accrued expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,279 Client deposits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,948 Grants payable to communities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .787 Annuity payment obligations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,895 Employee related obligations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,370 Total liabilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13,279

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $587 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,623 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65,306 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,745 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,386 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73,855

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,020 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,333 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 847 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,857 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,477 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,534

Total general operating net assets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,566 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,462 Total funds functioning as endowments and temporary and permanently restricted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $63,533 . . . . . . . . . . . . $59,859 Total net assets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $65,099 . . . . . . . . . . . . $63,321

Complete Audited Financial Statements are available upon request.

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Breakdown of Expenses 2007 Total Program Services. . . . . . . . . . . .$17,838 . . . . . . . . . . . . 83.7% Management and General . . . . . . . . . . 2,159 . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.1% Fundraising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,315 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6.2% Total Expenses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21,312 . . . . . . . . . . . .100%

Total Program Services . . . . . 83.7% Management and General . 10.1% Fundraising. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6.2%

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society ­ Building on the Past to Sustain the Future

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, guided by Jewish values and our shared immigrant experience, devotes its resources to ensuring the safe migration and resettlement of Jews as well as other migrants who are victims of persecution and displacement and who seek safety and security in the U.S., Israel, and other havens. In 2007, more than 83 percent of our resources were directed to our international and domestic programs. Our capacity for vigilance and ability to respond to the needs of vulnerable Jewish and other migrants depend on a sustainable, diversified financial basis. As we build this foundation of human and financial resources, HIAS extends its appreciation to the individuals, governments, and other institutions, from generation to generation, whose concern for those in need has enabled HIAS to extend a warm hand of welcome to the immigrant, the refugee, and the stranger.

CHAIR OF THE BOARD Michael B. Rukin Boston, MA PRESIDENT & CEO Gideon Aronoff South Orange, NJ VICE CHAIRS Robert D. Aronson Minnetonka, MN Suzette Brooks Masters New York, NY Barbara S. Rosenthal Cleveland, OH Dale Schwartz Atlanta, GA Marc Silberberg New York, NY Sandra Spinner Cincinnati, OH SECRETARY W. Stewart Cahn New York, NY TREASURER Allan J. Rodolitz Hewlett, NY

Elliott Benjamin Los Angeles, CA Eugenia Brin Hyattsville, MD Tali Farimah Farhadian New York, NY Alan K. Gidwitz Highland Park, IL/ Longboat Key, FL Carl Glick New York, NY Neil Greenbaum Glencoe, IL Kayvan Hakim New York, NY Robert L. Israeloff Longboat Key, FL/ Manhasset, NY Martin Kesselhaut New Vernon, NJ Orde F. Kittrie Washington, DC

Benita Fair Langsdorf Philadelphia, PA Jamie Metzl New York, NY Laura Newmark Brooklyn, NY Neil B. Posner Northbrook, IL James Prusky New York, NY Barry Rosenthal Highland Park, IL Jeffrey C. Rubenstein Chicago, IL Eric P. Schwartz Silver Spring, MD Evelyn Seelig Jericho, NY Robert S. Seidemann West Palm Beach, FL Alex Silberwasser Bogota, Colombia

Inna Simakovsky Columbus, OH Rita Kushner Sostrin Calabasas, CA Harry Sterling Denver, CO Jerome S. Teller Cincinnati, OH Mathew C. Waxman New York, NY Robert S. Whitehill Pittsburgh, PA Leon Wildes New York, NY Honorary Directors Bobbie Abrams New York, NY Hon. Harold Berger Philadelphia, PA Hon. Betty W. Ellerin New York, NY Annette S. Eskind Nashville, TN

Donald J. Fleishaker Scarsdale, NY Yona Ann Goldberg Encino, CA Jacqueline Levine West Orange, NJ Jeffrey M. Loewy New York, NY Norman J. Resnicow New York, NY Rabbi Arthur Schneier New York, NY

HEBREW IMMIGRANT AID SOCIETY 333 Seventh Avenue, 16th Floor New York, NY 10001-5004 (212) 967-4100

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