Courtesy of American Jewish Historical Society

Cecilia Razovsky 1891-1968

A woman of great will and integrity, Cecilia Razovsky was a Jewish social worker who spent five decades studying, supporting, and speaking out for immigrants and refugees. A native of St. Louis, she later moved to Washington, DC, and joined the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), serving as secretary and associate director of the organization's immigration aid department. A tireless activist, she was executive director of the National Coordinating Committee for Aid to Refugees and Immigrants, a field worker for the United Service for New Americans, and a resettlement supervisor in Europe's displaced-persons camps. In volumes prepared for NCJW such as What Every Emigrant Should Know (1922), and What Every Woman Should Know About Citizenship (1926), Razovsky provided key advice for recent immigrants adjusting to life in America.