Project Aims to Relate U.S. Jews to Soviet Jewish Prisoners

The Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry reported today that its Prisoner of Conscience Medallion Project has met with tremendous success throughout the country. The project, begun a few months ago, is part of an on-going effort to involve American Jews with Soviet Jews in meaningful one-to-one relationships through phone calls, telegrams and letter writing. Families, schools, synagogues and organizations are encouraged to contact individual Soviet Jews in need of help. The method of involvement in this project is through the purchase of medallions in the shape of a Magen David.

On one side of the medallion appears the name of a Jew incarcerated in a Soviet prison, with the words “USSR Prisoner of Conscience” engraved underneath; the other side has a smaller-sized Star of David entwined by a lock and chain, with the words “Let My People Go” on its border in English and in Hebrew. The medallion was originally designed by the Southern California Council on Soviet Jews.

A spokesman for the SSSJ expressed hope that “this project will continue to involve more American Jews in the lives and struggle of Soviet Jews in a more personal and meaningful way.” Medallions are available from Jewish activist groups around the country.

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