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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.  

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Following this event, we invite you to join us at:

The Soviet Holocaust Story: Commemorating Victims and Honoring Survivors from 1-3pm.  

Please see the fliers for additional information:  English  Pycckuu

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.


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


February 14, 2015 9am-noon

Des Plaines Public Library

1501 Ellinwood

Des Plaines, IL 60016


March 7, 2015: 9am-noon

St. Ansgar Catholic Church

2040 Laurel Avenue

Hanover Park, IL 60133


June 13, 2015 9am-noon

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.

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.


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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