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  • The Yom Kippur sermon that helped spur the Soviet Jewry movement

    NEW YORK (JTA) — On a fall day in 1963, Abraham Joshua Heschel unburdened his soul. Speaking the truth without regard for whether it scandalized or hurt was something he would do fairly often in that decade of social upheaval. Already branded as an eccentric and an outsider, that year he had met the Rev….

  • Soviet Jewry: The Struggle to Lift the Iron Curtain

    SOVIET JEWRY: In the 20th century, the Soviet Jewry movement helped define and form the two largest Jewish communities in the Diaspora, those in the United States and in the Soviet Union. From the first stirrings of the movement – on college campuses in the United States and in the Soviet underground – the JTA…