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The HIAS Chicago 2016 Scholarship Application Period is Now Open

The HIAS Chicago 2016 Scholarship Application period is open December 14, 2015, through February 21, 2016.  Please visit the About Our Scholarships page for additional information.  Please visit the Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Scholarship pages for eligibility requirements and to download the applications.

The Ludmila Smolyansky Empowerment Scholarship for Women

The Ludmila Smolyansky Empowerment Scholarship for Women will be awarded to a female student from Russia, the Former Soviet Union or Ukraine who is entering or continuing her Undergraduate studies.  The scholarship seeks to empower a young woman to find success and passion in her career by encouraging her to explore fields of study where women are typically under-represented. 

Created by Julie Smolyansky, President & CEO of Lifeway Foods, and Edward Smolyansky, CFO of Lifeway Foods.

Visit our Scholarships page to apply.


USCIS Citizenship PSA

Click here to view the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative PSA.  It promotes awareness of the rights, responsibilities, and importance of United States citizenship, and the free citizenship preparation resources available to permanent residents and immigrant-serving organizations. 

Click here to find more US citizenship information on USCIS's website.  


Immigrants are Less Likely to be Criminals than the Native-Born

Written by Walter Ewing on July 8, 2015 

When it comes to understanding the relationship between immigration and crime, anecdotes are no substitute for evidence. And, as a new report from the American Immigration Council explains, the evidence has been clear for more than a century: high rates of immigration are associated with lower crime rates, and immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born. This holds true for both legal immigrants and the unauthorized, regardless of their country of origin or level of education. In other words, the overwhelming majority of immigrants are not “criminals” by any commonly accepted definition of the term.

...In light of this evidence, it should come as no surprise that harsh immigration policies are not effective in fighting crime. Unfortunately, many U.S. policymakers ignore the evidence and succumb to their fears and prejudices about what they imagine immigrants to be. As a result, far too many immigration policies are drafted on the basis of stereotypes rather than substance. These laws are criminalizing an ever broadening swath of the immigrant population by applying a double standard when it comes to the consequences for criminal behavior. Immigrants who experience even the slightest brush with the criminal justice system, such as being convicted of a misdemeanor, can find themselves subject to detention for an undetermined period, after which they are expelled from the country and barred from returning.

Click here to read full article.  

HIAS Chicago Awards 2015 Academic Scholars


The Holocaust survivor who coached World Cup star Carli Lloyd

Gabe Friedman, JTA, July 7, 2015 

Soccer fans around the world watched in amazement Sunday night as the United States women’s soccer team netted five goals – four of them in the first 16 minutes – to defeat Japan, 5-2, in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final.

Three of the first four goals were scored by midfielder Carli Lloyd, a proficient player who had been overshadowed by teammates Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach before her breakout performance throughout this summer’s World Cup in Canada.

Most Carli Lloyd fans probably don’t know that her soccer roots wind back to Delran, a small town in southern New Jersey – where her high school coach was a Holocaust survivor.

Before Sunday’s finale, The New York Times delved into the tragic story of Rudi Klobach, Lloyd’s coach from 1997 to 2000 at Delran High School. Klobach won 256 games as a girls soccer coach and was inducted into the South Jersey Soccer Hall of Fame in 2011.

In January, he lost a three-year battle with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Popularly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS attacks motor neurons, cells that control the muscles.

Klobach was born in 1944 to Jewish parents in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where his father rounded up dead bodies for the Nazis. He moved with his family to the United States when he was 4 years old.

“His wife said he had rarely spoken of his family’s time in the camp. Like many other people whose lives were scarred by the Holocaust, Klobach could be a very private man,” Juliet Macur wrote in the Times.

It’s worth reading Macur’s full story about Klobach, a coach who helped point Lloyd toward international success.

Share Your Story

Your personal story is HIAS Chicago's history. HIAS Chicago is collecting and preserving the poignant stories of your family’s immigration.  Help make your story a chapter in HIAS Chicago's history as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary. Please visit our Share Your Story page to share your own with us. 

And be sure to visit our Your HIAS Chicago Stories page to read about others' histories.





















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