Cecilia Razovsky

Cecilia Razovsky found countless ways to help Jewish refugees, from writing plays and pamphlets that changed public opinion to running numerous committees and organizations for immigrant aid. Razovsky studied law, economics, civics, and sociology at various schools in St. Louis and Chicago while teaching night classes on English as a second language from 1911–1917. From 1917–1920 she served as an inspector in the child labor division of the United States Children’s Bureau. She began working on immigration issues for the National Council of Jewish Women in 1920, rising to become associate director in 1932. In 1929 she was an official delegate for ten American organizations at the International Conference for the Protection of Migrants in Geneva. Throughout the 1930s she served as executive director of the National Coordinating Committee for Aid to Refugees and Immigrants from Germany, executive secretary of German-Jewish Children’s Aid, and chair of the General Committee of Immigrant Aid at Ellis Island and New York Harbor. She published studies on Jewish refugees in North and South America, edited NCJW’s periodical The Immigrant from 1922–1930, and wrote articles, plays and pamphlets that shaped American opinions of immigrants, including What Every Emigrant Should Know and Making Americans.


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Cecilia Razovsky (center) spent her life striving to assist immigrants in adapting to life in the United States and other countries. She was an influential member of many organizations, including the National Council of Jewish Women. Her writing on and study of immigration issues helped to define elements of United States policy.

Institution: American Jewish Historical Society

Date of Birth

St. Louis, MO
United States

Date of Death

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Cecilia Razovsky." (Viewed on April 15, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/razovsky-cecilia>.


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