Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles, Museum of Jewish Heritage

The poet Emma Lazarus, the author of the lines "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . . ," gave a compassionate voice to the Statue of Liberty, and the promising message of new beginnings for generations of newcomers to America. Few people know Emma Lazarus' fascinating story, her Sephardic background, her American roots and her work for Jewish causes and a Jewish homeland. Learn how Emma Lazarus' journey inspired her to craft an enduring message on exile, refuge, and the promise of America.