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Transforming the melting pot into a beautiful mosaic

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People in countries across the world dream of becoming jewels in the crown of the American Melting Pot. In fact, America’s 28th President, Woodrow Wilson, aptly said, “There is here a great melting pot in which we must compound a precious metal. That metal is the metal of nationality.”

And among the brightest of jewels that sparkle on the melting pot crown are the Jewish people, who came in waves from Europe to the U.S. Historically, the first group of Jewish people to arrive in the U.S. were Sephardic settlers from Spain and Portugal. As records show, the first group of Sephardic settlers arrived from Brazil in New Amsterdam at the southern tip of Manhattan, New York, in 1654. Then, in the 1840s, German Jewish people arrived in the U.S. in significant numbers. Subsequently, between 1880 and 1924, over two million Eastern European Jewish people arrived in the U.S. from Russia, Austria-Hungary, and Romania. The later waves of immigration were spurred by economic hardship, persecution and the massive social and political disasters of 19th century Europe. And by 1924, nearly 2 million Jewish people from Eastern Europe had immigrated to America. Most of today’s American-Jewish communities are said to be descendants of German and Eastern European Jewish immigrants.

What is more, the immigrant groups that........

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