In Search of a Better Future: The Jewish Immigrant Experience in the U.S.
Course Developed by: Ariel Rozen
Beth Yeshurun Day School
The immigrant experience in the United States is part of our shared history. Most Jews living in the U.S. today have a parent, grandparent or great-grandparent who immigrated to North America from somewhere else, in search of a new beginning, a better future. In this course, we will examine the conditions that have prompted Jewish emigration since 1492. Generations of Jews fled antisemitism and danger in Eastern Europe, while others simply hoped for a better life in “the land of opportunity.” We will discuss and research our own families’ immigrant stories as we study the different ports of entry through which Jews came to the United States. And we will look at the question, how did Jewish immigration change, affect and influence the communities in which they settled?
Mrs. Rozen has been involved in Jewish education in both formal and informal settings since her teens. She has been teaching formally for over 15 years. Mrs. Rozen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Jewish Studies and a second Bachelor’s degree in Education, both from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is director of Judaic Studies at Beth Yeshurun Day School in Houston, TX.
"Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists." - Franklin D. Roosevelt