A Piece of Jewish Baseball History
HIAS Chicago is excited to introduce you to a unique gift idea for the baseball lovers, Jewish history aficionados, and art lovers among us!
Greg Harris, the Chicago creator of "Jewish Baseball Players" has a series of limited edition artworks featuring prominent Jewish baseball figures; each piece features original signatures by the living former and current athletes. These pieces make baseball come to life, and offer a scenic trip down memory lane. Cubs? Sox? Pirates? Yankees? Blue Jays? They're all represented by some of the greatest Jewish sports heroes in history.
As a special benefit to HIAS Chicago, Jewish Baseball Players has chosen HIAS Chicago as their Spotlight Charity, inviting you to Hit a Homerun for HIAS Chicago this Hanukkah! $500 of each purchased piece will be contributed to HIAS Chicago. And through December 6, 2013, all contributions will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor. Own a piece of baseball history, buy one for a friend, and Hit a Homerun for HIAS Chicago this Hanukkah!
For more information, please click here or visit www.jewishbaseballplayer.com.
Temporary Valid Driver's Licenses (TVDLs) Now Available
Illinois' current state law allows TVDLs for documented individuals who need to drive to work, school, child care arrangements, family appointments, etc. In January 2013, Governor Quinn signed a law to allow undocumented motorists with these same driving requirements to apply for a TVDL. The new TVDLs are now available at select Secretary of State offices in Chicago and the suburbs. Please visit the Secretary of State's website for more information and to schedule an appointment.
Let’s Light the Menorah! A Chanukah Celebration
Holocaust Community Services, in partnership with EZRA, CJE SeniorLife, and HIAS Chicago invites Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors, World War II veterans, families and friends to a Chanukah celebration. Enjoy kosher refreshments & listen to musical entertainment provided by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Northbrook Community Synagogue
2548 Jasper Court, Northbrook
(Suburbs) Irina Polishchuk – 773-508-1328
(Chicago) Anna Naumova – 773-467-3857
Congress passes the RUSH Act
The RUSH Act, included in the ongoing work in Congress to reauthorize the Older Americans Act, will help make additional assistance available to survivors of the Holocaust to maintain a strong quality of life and their safe independence as they age. Please click here to read more.
Call Your Congressman to Prevent Cut in SNAP Benefits
SNAP helps low income individuals of all ages and families to eat & live healthy. Significant cuts are being discussed in Congress. Please contact your Senators and Representatives (you can find them here). Urge them to keep this healthy food safety net for our low-income seniors and families.
HIAS Chicago 2014 Scholarship Application Period Now Open
The 2014 HIAS Chicago Scholarship Application is open from November 7, 2013, and will close on February 10, 2014.
Please note our application criteria have changed for 2014. Please be sure to click below and read the new application criteria to determine if you are eligible.
HIAS Chicago Recipient Agency for CJHS service learning work
HIAS Chicago is honored to have been chosen as the recipient agency for Chicagoland Jewish High School’s Youth Philanthropy Initiative’s service learning work this year. These amazing young people have invited us to join them in a year-long partnership that will increase their knowledge about immigration services and concerns, and raise awareness about HIAS Chicago services. Thank you, CJHS! Stay tuned to this page for exciting updates.
HIAS Chicago to Hold Health Insurance Marketplace Training
HIAS Chicago, with the Jewish Child and Family Services and Ezra, will be holding a Health Insurance Marketplace training on Monday, November 18, from 3:30-5:00pm at the JCC in Skokie. Please contact HIAS Chicago at 312-357-4666 for more information. This training will be translated into Russian. Please click here to see the flyer for additional information.
HIAS Chicago's Friendraiser
HIAS Chicago was thrilled to host Senator Daniel Biss (9th District) and Roberta Rakove of Sinai Health Systems and Illinois Women for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, for a lively and informative discussion on immigration’s impact on communities, schools, businesses and our economy. Click here for more pictures.
On September 18, HIAS Chicago was honored to host its first Friend Raiser, hosted by Board Member Azita Mojarad, with special presenters Anayanzi Mendez, Director of External Affairs for Illinois Republican Leader Tom Cross; and Rudy Lozano, Director of the New Americans Initiative at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. The open-dialogue series, Paving the Road, Building the Bridges for Stronger Communities, helps individuals learn about the intersections- across regions, faiths, service sectors and ethnicities- created by immigration, and the value of immigration to our business, education and residential communities across the state. Click here for more photos. Watch this page for updates and pictures from future Friend Raisers!
Posted by HIAS – DC on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 13:23 pm
As the government shutdown continues, refugee arrivals to the U.S. continue to be delayed, leaving thousands already scheduled for departure in limbo around the globe.
Larry Bartlett, Director of Refugee Admissions at the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), announced late last week that the refugee travel moratorium that initially cancelled refugee arrivals to the U.S. until October 21 has been extended until October 28.
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Moving Us Forward: Illinois Voices for Immigration Reform
Please join the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, State Representative Joe Sosnowski and Northern Illinois University for a panel discussion in support of common sense immigration reform. This forum will foster a solutions-oriented conversation among leaders of the local business and education communities at this critical moment in the national debate on immigration reform.
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
9:00am – 10:30am CDT
Community Building Complex
111 W. 1st Street
Belvidere, IL 61008
Please click here to access the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition website for more information.
Consider a New Volunteer Opportunity: Become a Volunteer Citizenship Educator (VCE)
HIAS Chicago has created a new mentor position – the Volunteer Citizenship Educator (VCE), in order to build stronger relationships between volunteers and our immigrant clients, and to meet the needs of a variety of applicants.
Each trained and supervised VCE will be matched with a HIAS Chicago citizenship applicant and will create a personalized citizenship preparation plan with the applicant. The plan will include classes, individual tutoring, practice interviewing and/or self-study as determined by each pair. The VCE will mentor the applicant throughout the citizenship process – preparation, application completion, interview and oath.
Click here to read the full Volunteer description.
Living history through art- the Minsk Ghetto Commemoration Event
September 29, 2013, was a special day for survivors of the Holocaust, their loved ones, and those who wanted to learn more about the Holocaust’s impact on the Russian-speaking Jewish community. Chicago Connect, Reklama Media, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Holocaust Community Services of Jewish Child and Family Services, and HIAS Chicago marked the 70th anniversary since the Minsk Ghetto destruction, where thousands of Soviet Jews were killed.
At the dawn of World War II, more than 4.5 million Jews lived on the Soviet Union territory. Of these, 2.7 million ended up under Nazi occupation. Many were able to flee to unoccupied regions or served in the Soviet military. During the war, Hitler exterminated nearly all of those under occupation. Only about 120,000 survived. All of the Jewish “shtetls” were destroyed, and the Yiddish language and Jewish culture ceased to exist. The survivors found themselves under a Stalinist regime which suppressed all discussions of Jewish people suffering. No monuments were erected to the victims. No information about their fate was published. It was only after the Soviet Union collapsed that the true horrors endured by the Soviet Jews became known. Practically every Russian-speaking Jewish family in the Chicago area lost their loved ones.
Newspaper REKLAMA has been collecting and publishing materials dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust in the Russian-speaking Jewish community for more than 20 years. Three Photo Albums in Russian and English telling the stories of survival and heroism were already published, and Reklama, with the help of community and sponsors, intends to publish more. There are still so many stories that need to be told.
Fourteen survivors from the Minsk Ghetto live now in Chicago and they were in the audience: Klara Bolotina, Leonid Britva, Faina Gimpeleva, Maria Dement, Semen Dobin, Mariya Katsman, Grigoriy Kroshunskiy, Yelizaveta, Levina, Valentina Margolina, Matus Stolov, Evel Sorsher, Genya Tokarskaya, Faina Shmagina, and Mikhail Stolyar. All these survivors were small children or teens who either ran from the ghetto to partisans to save their own life, or were saved by partisans during some of the active military operations. It is a known fact that by the end of 1942, Nazi and local collaborators killed more than 90,000 Jews in the Minsk ghetto. Minsk ghetto was one of the biggest ghettos in Europe, second by the number of people after the Lviv ghetto in Ukraine. Only about 8,000 people survived in the Minsk ghetto.
During the event, presentation of two unique etchings collections by Minsk native and distinguished Jewish artist, Lazar Ran, took place. Mr. Ran, who lost his family, including two children, in the Minsk ghetto, created two collections- “The Minsk Ghetto” and “Jewish Writers” – that chronicle life in the Minsk Ghetto during the Holocaust, and a tribute to Jewish writers and poets executed by the KGB. The presentation was made possible by the Tsinman family, who purchased the collections from Mr. Ran’s heirs and generously made the works available to the general public. Both collections are presently in Chicago, and after their first showing at the Holocaust Museum on September 29, 2013, the Tsinman Family decided to give rights on showing all of the works to Jewish museums and educational organizations.
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.