Coming to America: The Land of Opportunity


Throughout the years, Jews from all over the globe have found their way to Baltimore. From the early Eastern European immigrants running from the pogroms to, more recently, Jews from Arab countries fleeing antisemitism, they often arrived with few possessions. They turned to The Associated to provide such services as financial assistance, job training, loans and English classes to help them successfully integrate into America. Today, these former immigrants and their families are thriving and giving back.

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SOVIET IMMIGRATION

Throughout the 1970s -1990s, HIAS worked in conjunction with other agencies in securing the freedom of Soviet Jews. The Associated and its agencies provided an introduction to Jewish life through Shabbat retreats, Passover Seders and education. Baltimore Hebrew University offered classes and The Board of Jewish Education awarded scholarships for children to attend Jewish nursery and religious schools.

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LEAVING EUROPE BEHIND

In the late 1930s, the Refugee Adjustment Committee provided German immigrants fleeing Nazi rule with financial assistance, job placement services and social workers to help them adjust to their new homes. With the outbreak of World War II, HIAS Baltimore worked with international organizations to assist refugees from Nazi Germany and helped those in displaced persons camps resettle in the city.

IMMIGRATION — COMING FROM AROUND THE WORLD

In the aftermath of 1956 Hungarian Revolution, refugees fled Communist oppression in Hungary and arrived in Baltimore. The Associated Placement and Guidance Services (APGS) launched Operation English to teach refugees the language in order for them to secure jobs. After Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba, Cuban Jews faced economic strife as the Communist government seized their businesses and property. Many immigrated to cities in the United States, including Baltimore.

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Egyptian Jewish refugees, fleeing Egypt after the Yom Kippur War in 1973, and Iranian Jews fleeing Iran, faced a similar fate as they arrived in the United States without resources or connections. Various agencies of The Associated supplied services, including the Jewish Family and Children’s Bureau, which contributed clothing, furniture and other necessities, and the Hebrew Free Loan Association, which offered interest-free loans for housing.

SOVIET IMMIGRATION

Throughout the 1970s -1990s, HIAS worked in conjunction with other agencies in securing the freedom of Soviet Jews. The Associated and its agencies provided an introduction to Jewish life through Shabbat retreats, Passover Seders and education. Baltimore Hebrew University offered classes and The Board of Jewish Education awarded scholarships for children to attend Jewish nursery and religious schools.

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Throughout the 1970s -1990s, HIAS worked in conjunction with other agencies in securing the freedom of Soviet Jews. The Associated and its agencies provided an introduction to Jewish life through Shabbat retreats, Passover Seders and education. Baltimore Hebrew University offered classes and The Board of Jewish Education awarded scholarships for children to attend Jewish nursery and religious schools.

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