Longmeadow students recreate the experience of Jewish immigrants to America

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Students at Longmeadow’s Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy went back in time on Tuesday, recreating the Jewish migration to America during the late 19th and early 20th century.

The students studied the history of Jewish immigrants arriving and being processed at Ellis Island in New York City.

The students simulated the type of clothing worn by their grandparents and great-grandparents during this major migration of European Jewish families to America.

Teacher Rochel Leah Kosofsky told 22News the aim was, “Creating a feeling and experience where they actually have to do a little research and dress the part and act the part. It really helps them identify what lead many years ago to what they have now.”

Students even replicated the unhealthy conditions of the sweatshops, where immigrants worked long hours for low pay in New York and other major cities more than a hundred years ago.

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