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October 23, 2009  RSS feed
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Google’s Brin gives $1 million to HIAS

NEW YORK (JTA) — Google co-founder Sergey Brin has given a $1 million gift to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.

HIAS was one of the groups that helped Brin’s family when it fled the Soviet Union 30 years ago.

Brin, who is Jewish — as is Google co-founder Larry Page — apparently is ramping up his philanthropy. According to The New York Times, he has given several gifts to Jewish organizations that helped his family.

“I would have never had the kinds of opportunities I’ve had here in the Soviet Union, or even in Russia today,” Brin told the Times in an interview. “I would like to see anyone be able to achieve their dreams, and that’s what this organization does.”

The HIAS gift was announced on the 30th anniversary of his family’s arrival in the U.S. Brin was 6 when his family left in 1976.

The oldest refugee agency in the U.S., HIAS has helped generations of families escape violence and repression in their homelands and resettle in the United States, Israel and elsewhere. Since its founding in 1881, HIAS has assisted more than 4.5 million refugees and migrants, including the vast majority of American Jewish families.

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