Jacob Birnbaum

  • Soviet Jewry Campaign Also Transformed American Jewry

    When Jacob Birnbaum began knocking on dormitory doors at Yeshiva University in the spring of 1964, he only half-believed anyone would answer. The young British activist had come to New York to mobilize a grassroots campaign to draw attention to the plight of 3 million Jews trapped behind the Iron Curtain — a cause that… More ▸

  • The Soviet Jewry Campaign Transformed American Jewry, Too

    When Jacob Birnbaum began knocking on dormitory doors at Yeshiva University in the spring of 1964, he only half-believed anyone would answer. The young British activist had come to New York to mobilize a grassroots campaign to draw attention to the plight of 3 million Jews trapped behind the Iron Curtain — a cause that… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The U.S. House of Representatives honored Soviet Jewry activist Jacob Birnbaum. The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), honors a man considered by many to be the father of the Soviet Jewry movement. It was adopted by voice vote, according to a statement from Nadler s office. “Jacob Birnbaum is a true hero, and… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Tim Russert received an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University. Y.U. President Richard Joel presented Russert, the award-winning host of NBC’s Sunday morning talk show “Meet the Press,” with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the university’s commencement exercises Thursday in New York City. Russert delivered an address to the university’s 2,000 graduates. Joel… More ▸

  • A More Modest ‘solidarity’ Rally for Soviet Jews Staged This Year

    While glasnost and increased Soviet Jewish emigration kept mainstream Jewish organizations off the streets this year, 150 Jews rallied Sunday in front of the Soviet Mission to the United Nations. The “Day of Solidarity” rally, sponsored by the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry, took the place of… More ▸

  • Begun’s Release Still Not Confirmed

    Relatives of Iosif Begun in Moscow still had no word on his rumored release when contacted Monday afternoon, the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry reported Monday. Chaim and Zelda Tepper, cousins of Begun’s in New York, who spoke with Begun’s wife Inna in Moscow Monday, said they received the following message from Inna: “Bad news… More ▸

  • U.S. Official Says Deplorable Acts by Rumania Are Not Reasons to Deny That Country Mfn Status

    A Reagan Administration official told Congress Friday that the Rumanian government’s bulldozing of the 600-year-old Spanish Synagogue in Bucharest July 21 and other deplorable acts by that government are not reasons to deny Rumania extension of Most-Favored-Nation (MFN) trade status by the United States. Rozanne Ridgeway, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, said the… More ▸

  • Rumania Accused of Halving the Number of Jews Allowed to Emigrate

    The Center for Russian and East European Jewry has accused Rumania of halving the number of Jews allowed to emigrate annually and warned that rising anti-Semitism in that country will make it necessary to evacuate the remaining Jewish community over the next few years. Jacob Birnbaum, the Center’s national director, made those points in testimony… More ▸