Archive for December, 2008

Asylum from Cameroon

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

The New York Times has a story today about Njoya Hilary Tikum, who came to the United States from Cameroon in 2006 after his political activism resulted in repeated arrests. He was one of 43,000 applicants for asylum that year.

In the two years while he waited for asylum—and the 14 months before he was allowed to work—he took comfort in reading the story of Job and exploring the city by MetroCard. Now he’s a paralegal at the African Services Committee, helping others in similar situations. You can also hear his story on video.

Despite our glaring imperfections (and worse), America is still a beacon of freedom and opportunity to people all around the world. It really is! I hope we can keep it that way.

Read about Eldridge Street Synagogue

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Landmark of the SpiritA book party Sunday will celebrate the publication by Yale University Press of Landmark of the Spirit: The Eldridge Street Synagogue by The Museum at Eldridge Street‘s Vice President for Education, Annie Polland. They say “Polland uses elements of the building’s architecture to shine new light on the religious life of immigrant Jews and to analyze the significance of this special building within the larger American-Jewish experience.”

The reception is from 2 to 4 pm Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St; RSVP at the museum’s website.