Immigration: Then and Now

Top Pick October 4, 2018 Boston Free
(Photo: belterz/iStock)
(Photo: belterz/iStock)

America today is the question of how we approach immigration and the topic of refugees. While our country was largely built by immigrants who came fleeing persecution and oppression, we know from history that many of these people struggled to find their place in society, often facing bias and bigotry as they sought to make a new home in a strange land.

Many people who live in the Greater Boston area have immigrant roots or are immigrants themselves. Immigration is not just the story of our communities, but of individual lives as well. While immigration policy has gone through many changes since the founding of our nation, it is clear that those who come to this country in search of a better life for themselves and their families still face many of the same challenges that previous waves of immigrants have faced. These challenges include prejudice and mistrust born of ignorance, xenophobia and even outright racism.

Panelists include:

  • Yael Schacher
  • Ellen Smith
  • Ed Shapiro

With special guest Christa Ettee Nasri, a Syrian refugee who will tell her personal story of coming to the U.S.

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Fact Sheet
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture
18 Phillips St
Boston, MA 02114

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