Ellis Island, sold by New York State to the US government for the princely sum of £5,500 at the beginning of the 19th century, was the main entry point to the US for more than six decades. At its peak some 5,000 people passed through it for inspection each day.
From 1892, when the control centre opened its doors, around 15 million immigrants passed through this island a few miles from Manhattan’s southern tip.
More than two million of them were Jewish, fleeing the pogroms Russia and around Eastern Europe and in search of a better life in the New World.
It was a mixed result for Jewish politicians as America voted in the 2010 mid-terms.
In what appears to have been the worst results in decades for the Democrats, President Barack Obama’s party has lost its majority in the House of Representatives and suffered defeats in key senate seats.
Richard Blumenthal, despite a tough challenge from the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, and a scandal over his claimed Vietnam record, was elected as the new junior Senator for Connecticut.
Growing up in British cities, the closest Daniel Lichman and Vince Knowles came to agricultural work was planting sunflowers. But a year after finishing their studies, they were working as labourers on a very special farm.
The two are graduates of an American Jewish farming programme — the Adamah Fellowship.
Theodore Sorensen, John F Kennedy’s speechwriter, has died at the age of 82.
Mr Sorenson, whose mother Annis Chaikin was of Russian Jewish descent, died in New York following a stroke.
He joined the future president’s senatorial staff in 1953, when he was 25 and just out of law school.
He worked with President Kennedy during the 1960 presidential election and was one of the main figures in what came to be known as Camelot.
Security has been stepped up at Jewish organisations in Chicago following the attempt to mail two bombs to synagogues in the city.
Jewish groups across the United States are on high alert after two packages containing explosive material hidden inside printer cartridges were intercepted on planes coming out of Dubai and East Midlands airports.
John Brennan, the US deputy national security adviser, has cautioned that there might be more attempts of the same type.