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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.

August 26, 2014 6:00 -8:30 p.m.

Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe, Parish Center

1170 N. River Road

Des Plaines, IL 60016

October 25,  2014 9am-12noon

Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe, Parish Center

1170 N. River Road

Des Plaines, IL 60016

November 15, 2014 9am-noon

Winston Junior High School

120 N. Babcock Drive

Palatine, IL 60074

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.

Read full article here.

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. 

One grandfather purchased boxes from the other to ship his plastic. It was through this relationship that they introduced Adam’s mom and dad, who, obviously, fell in love and got married. Adam credits his family’s immigration experience with nurturing a deep sense of charity and support for the greater Chicago Jewish community. Professionally, Adam is a 2010 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star in Construction Litigation; and the co-author of Chapters 1 and 4 of A Young Lawyer’s Guide to Real Estate Practice, published by The Young Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association. Adam is currently employed with Molzahn, Rocco, Reed & Rouse, LLC.


HIAS Chicago proudly announces the 2014 Academic Scholarship Winners

Undergraduate Scholars

Aleksey Razin graduated from Wheeling High School with 3.78 GPA. After struggling with English as a young child, he went on to win his eighth grade spelling bee and graduate with a 4.0. He was the first person in the school’s history to achieve this honor. His theatrical talents led him to play starring roles in middle school stage plays Peter Pan, Aladdin, and Snow White (which was performed in Russian). This fall, Aleksey will be studying medicine, inspired by his grandmother, who was a doctor in Ukraine. While attending high school, he graduated from the Certified Nursing Assistant Program in Alliance with Harper College, and he is currently a student ambassador for the American Cancer Society. He is also a teacher’s assistant in Sunday School and volunteered five summers at a summer chess club. Aleksey holds memberships in numerous academic societies, including the Spanish Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, National Honor Society of Wheeling High School Vice President and AP Scholar with Honors. Outside of his studies, he was a member of the three-time district champion math team, a varsity swimmer, tennis sectionals qualifier, water polo player, Captain of the Scholastic Bowl, a member of the Medical Career Club, a peer tutor in the Learning Lab. 

Anton Feldman attends Palatine High School and has been on the Honor Roll each semester beginning with his second. He is the Senior Section Editor for the school yearbook, he wrote an English essay on Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles his English teacher calls "provocative, inventive and impressive... especially given that his first language is not English." He is involved with the Art Club and Wood Club, and enjoys playing the piano. He volunteered for a summer at the neighborhood library, and takes to heart all opportunities he is given to learn new things. Anton is planning for his first year of college to help him narrow down his career interests in the medical field, and is currently seriously considering becoming a nurse.

Elizabeth Emily Onishcenko is ranked 10th in her class at Stevenson High School. She is a member of the National Honors Society; was awarded the Science Scholar for two years; has been on the Gold Honor Roll since her freshman year; and is an AP Scholar with Honors. She is a math peer tutor, and is on the executive board for psychology at Stevenson. Outside of the classroom, Lizzie was in the all-academic conference for tennis and badminton. Her over 100 hours of community service, focusing on medical and rehabilitation environments, earned her IHSA recognition and the Jefferson award. She enjoys playing piano and occasionally works as a piano accompanist during school concerts at her former middle school. 

Please read about the rest of our young scholars here. 

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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