HIAS Urges House to Extend Lautenberg Amendment
Last week, HIAS sent a letter to House of Representatives appropriations members, urging them to extend the Lautenberg Amendment which is currently set to expire on September 30. Through the advocacy of HIAS and our partners we are thrilled to have 98 Members of Congress signed on to this letter. We hope that this letter will help build momentum for successful reauthorization when Congress passes its next funding bill.
See the letter here.
You Are Invited to the Holocaust Commemoration on October 5, 2014
Holocaust Community Services, Reklama, and Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center invite you
To help preserve history and ensure that the story of Soviet Jews during the Holocaust is told and never forgotten.
Please see the fliers for more information and to see how you cn help preserve the history.
Following this event, we invite you to join us at:
The Soviet Holocaust Story: Commemorating Victims and Honoring Survivors from 1-3pm.
Join HIAS Chicago at our upcoming Citizenship Workshops
HIAS Chicago is hosting citizenship workshops to assist eligible immigrants with the citizenship application. Please call HIAS Chicago at 312-357-4666 for more information and to register.
Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe, Parish Center
1170 N. River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Winston Junior High School
120 N. Babcock Drive
Palatine, IL 60074
Des Plaines Public Library
Des Plaines, IL 60016
St. Ansgar Catholic Church
2040 Laurel Avenue
Hanover Park, IL 60133
St. Cecilia Parish Center
700 S. Meier
Mt Prospect IL 60056
Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island
By Tasneem Raja, July 18, 2014
An unaccompanied child migrant was the first person in line on opening day of the new immigration station at Ellis Island. Her name was Annie Moore, and that day, January 1, 1892, happened to be her 15th birthday. She had traveled with her two little brothers from Cork County, Ireland, and when they walked off the gangplank, she was awarded a certificate and a $10 gold coin for being the first to register. Today, a statue of Annie stands on the island, a testament to the courage of millions of children who passed through those same doors, often traveling without an older family member to help them along.
HIAS Chicago welcomes our newest Board Member, Adam Berger
As with most American Jews, Adam’s family came from poor, hardworking backgrounds in Ukraine, Russia, and Germany to settle in Chicago. The emigration from their home countries was hard. A number of his great grandparents’ siblings were not strong enough to make the journey and perished before making it to America. Once here, his family began to work in traditional Jewish immigrant businesses such as scrap metal and factory work. Ultimately, after many years, both of his parents’ fathers became successful businessmen in the corrugated box and plastic industries.
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.