A Goodbye from HIAS

As of Monday, August 17, I will no longer be working on the HIAS Archives Project—I’m moving horizontally into the position of the Photo & Reference Archivist and Social Media Manager here at the American Jewish Historical society.

Since my last post, I have begun to process boxes from the Development department. The set of boxes I’m currently working with contains records regarding HIAS membership campaigns run by HIAS Board members in their local synagogues and organizations. While processing these materials, I came upon a folder labeled “#125 – Greenburgh Hebrew Center.”


It seems fitting that I should find that folder during my last week on the HIAS project; the Greenburgh Hebrew Center was my first Synagogue, and where I first attended preschool in the early 1990s.

Signing off,


2 thoughts on “A Goodbye from HIAS

  1. I am very excited to have found that there are records available regarding the exit of Jews from Cuba after Castro took power. My father was the HIAS representative in Cuba that worked in securing exit VISAS to Israel, Jamaica and the US from 1960 to 1961. He passed away last year at the age of 97. He did not talk much of what he did, but my mother told me some stories. I found a letter sent to him by the Israeli ambassador to Curacao and a letter of introduction to be presented to the HIAS when he arrived in NY. I would like to know if you have additional information on my father.


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