Hi. My name is Mila Ronen, and my family is in the United States because of HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), just like Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.
My family originally moved here from Russia—St. Petersburg to be exact—to build a better life for future generations.
The year was 1987. This was the same year that during a visit to Berlin, President Reagan challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, and Canada introduced the Loonie.
I am grateful to HIAS for all their work, since 1881, in assisting refugees and immigrants of all backgrounds, and am most excited about their current work in Israel and the U.S., providing scholarships to those who recently have immigrated.