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Hawaii’s Jews Send ‘passover Alohas’ to Soviet Refusniks, Pocs

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In one of the first major efforts locally on behalf of Soviet Jews, many local residents participated in a 12-hour cord-writing marathon to send Passover greetings to refusniks and Prisoners of Conscience in the Soviet Union. The project, “Passover Alohas to Russia,” succeeded in sending some 400 Hawaiian picture post-cards in at least 10 languages.

According to Kick Coshmere, director of the Hawaii Group for Soviet Jews, which sponsored the marathon, “a writing campaign from a place like Hawaii has for more impact on both the refusniks and the Soviet authorities because it drives home the fact that even in remote corners of the world people are aware of the injustices of the Soviet government against its Jewish citizens.” The Hawaii Group for Soviet Jews, formed last July in the aftermath of the Anatoly Shcharansky trial, plans a similar campaign prior to Rosh Hashanah.

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