The journey had been exhausting, but at long last the end was in sight. The Schapiro family fled the Soviet Union, running away from the tide of terror sweeping Stalin’s Russia and present-day Ukraine. It was 1952 when they eventually sailed into New York harbour; three people out of 12 million to land at Ellis Island and begin their new lives in the land of liberty and opportunity.
Fast forward almost 70 years, and Chabad Rabbi Moshe Schapiro can hardly believe what is happening.
“My grandparents and father arrived on Ellis Island. Where did America welcome these people? Right here – Ellis Island is 1,300 feet from the coast of Jersey City,” he said.
“And yet here in Jersey City, we came under…