They came from Russia, Italy, France, Sweden and Germany with all their worldly possessions, hoping to enter “The Goldena Medina”, America. These immigrants were Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) middle school students, who participated in a simulated Ellis Island immigration experience on Jan. 24.
The LYA immigrants were met by inspectors, LYA middle school teaching staff, who walked the students through the processing, medical examinations and registry questions that occurred on Ellis Island during the early 20th Century.
Students stood in long lines, waiting nervously for their turn.
“At LYA, we don’t just learn history, we live it,” explained Middle School Jewish History teacher and simulation coordinator, Rochel Leah Kosofsky. “My students have a better understanding of the immigration process after experiencing it for themselves.”