Almost 3 million Jews of Eastern European and Russian decent settled in New York City's Lower East side between 1890 and 1910.The primary reason for this large migration in such numbers was to escape the harsh persecution of the Russian government.During this time of mass European migration, many ethnic groups such as Italian and Irish were frowned upon by natural born Americans and other immigrants from England, France and Germany.But Russian Jews were deemed the least desirable of all immigrants.The thoughts of most Americans were that the Jews were unclean, illiterate and had no desire to adapt to the American culture.
Russian Jews possessed many traits that should have been considered desirable by all immigrants.Russian Jews considered education extremely important and held educated men in high regard.Russian Jews tended not to engage in excessive drinking or other vices that led to crime and sickness.And as a group Russian Jews were law-abiding citizens who came to America be productive and not drain the public and private charities set up to help the poor.
Jewish immigrants possessed a great respect for education and educators.In Eastern Europe and Russia education was restricted for Jews.Many immigrates came here unable to read and write their native language.
Once in America, it became a priority for them to learn the language of their new country.Many Jewish immigrants filled the classes of night schools or hired educated Hebrews to tutor them in the tenements.And this was after working long hours in the sweatshops.
Jewish immigrant parents made huge sacrifices to send their children to school.They have high hopes for the futures of their children, and often set lofty professional goals for them.The public schools in the Jewish ghettos were overcrowded, but they still maintained a high standard of learning and achievement for its students.
The Russian Jews were generally not a peop…