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Glenn Richter

  • Yeshiva U. Hosts Moscow Rabbi, Cantor in Disputed Study Visit

    The rabbi and cantor of the main Moscow synagogue began three months of study at Yeshiva University here last week under a cloud of criticism from U.S. Soviet Jewry activists, who claim the two men are KGB agents. Moreover, activists maintained, the study program is an insult to observant Soviet Jews’ sincere desire to study… More ▸

  • Summit Didn’t Fail on Human Rights, U.S. Official Says

    President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev ended their three days of talks Thursday with Reagan calling the summit a “clear success.” The two leaders signed on Tuesday an agreement to dismantle medium- and short-range nuclear missiles. But from both public and private comments there was no indication that any movement had been made on… More ▸

  • 15 Arrested for Protest Near Soviet Embassy

    While Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was meeting with President Reagan Tuesday, 15 Jewish demonstrators were arrested for protesting within 500 feet of the Soviet Embassy here. The protesters, led by Rabbi Avraham Weiss and Glenn Richter of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ), had crossed police barricades set up two blocks away from the… More ▸

  • U.S. Jewish Communities Plan Big Turnout for Washington Rally

    Dozens of representatives from Midwest and East Coast Jewish communities met here Tuesday to plan for a “mass mobilization” on behalf of Soviet Jewry to greet Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev Dec. 6 when he arrives in Washington for a summit meeting with President Reagan. The representatives were invited here to Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith… More ▸

  • Does Glasnost Include Everyone but the Jews?

    To what extent does glasnost reach the Jews of the Soviet Union? News out of Moscow presents a disparate picture of Soviet government openness. Frequent stories of relaxation of restrictions on demonstrations are countered by reports by Soviet Jewry activists and recent Soviet Jewish emigres that Jews are still being harassed, and in fact even… More ▸

  • Trip to Israel Via Rumania of Former Poc’s Not Seen As Precedent

    Two prominent former Prisoners of Conscience who were released from a labor camp March 19 arrived in Israel Thursday via a direct flight from Rumania, according to the National Conference on Soviet Jewry (NCSJ). Mark Nepomniashchy and Yakov Levin, father and son-in-law, were travelling with their wives via Bucharest “on principle, to create a precedent,”… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines a Simmering Dispute

    The disclosure this week that the Soviet Union agreed to ease the emigration of Soviet Jews and to allow a more liberal policy toward Jews within the Soviet Union–a claim which the Soviets denied Thursday–brought to the surface a long-simmering behind-the-scenes dispute between various Soviet Jewry groups in the United States, revealed in interviews by… More ▸

  • Refuseniks Get Permission to Emigrate

    Permission has been granted to five, possibly six, refuseniks, in recent days. The list was provided by Lynn Singer, executive director of the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry, with biographical background added by Glenn Richter, national coordinator for the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry. * Pavel Astrakhan, 33, of Leningrad. He is a mechanical… More ▸

  • Poc Zunshain, Wife to Go to Israel

    Prisoner of Conscience Zakhar Zunshain has completed his three-year term in a Siberian labor camp and will leave for Israel with his wife on March 19, the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) reported Thursday. Zunshain was arrested in 1984 for demonstrating in Moscow and was sentenced to three years for “anti-Soviet slander.” SSSJ spokesman… More ▸