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Jacob Birnbaum

  • Senate Urged to Withhold Further Mfn Treatment for Rumania

    Representatives of American Jewish organizations urged the Senate yesterday to withhold continuation of most-favored-nation treatment of Rumania for a third year pending a further examination of that country’s emigration policies. They said they were “greatly disturbed” by the fall-off of Jewish emigration from Rumania. Testifying before the Senate Finance Committee’s subcommittee on international trade were… More ▸

  • 2 Jewish Groups Differ on Extension of Mfn Status for Rumania

    Two Jewish organizations differed today over whether the U.S. should extend for another year most favored nation status in its trade relations with Rumania which the Ford Administration supports. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations endorsed the Administration’s position but expressed disappointment that Rumania’s Jewish “emigration expectations have not been fulfilled.” But… More ▸

  • Death Sentence of Rumanian Jew Commuted to 20 Years in Jail

    The death sentence handed down against Andrel Asher, a 63-year-old Rumanian Jew, has been commuted to 20 years imprisonment, it was confirmed by several sources here today. Asher, a resident of Bucharest and a chemist by profession, was sentenced to death on April 30 after conviction for alleged economic crimes involving acceptance of a bribe…. More ▸

  • News Brief

    On the eve of Yom Kippur 13 Jewish leaders issued a letter to “put on public record” their appreciation for all that Prof. Andrei Sakharov “has done for Soviet Jews within the framework of his truly heroic struggle for human rights in the USSR.” The statement recalled that the Soviet scientist many times “put his… More ▸

  • Three Soviet Jews Face Trial: Jewish Activist on Trial Now

    Jacob Birnbaum, national director of Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, reported here today that ominous reports of a major conspiracy trial against Vladimir Slepak and Victor Polsky, two Russian Jewish activists, have reached him from the Soviet Union. At the same time, Birnbaum reported that the trial of Isaac Skolnik, a Jewish activist from Novosibirsk,… More ▸

  • 2500 Persons Demonstrate Outside Soviet Mission in Protest of Trial

    Twenty-five hundred people demonstrated in front of the Soviet Mission to the United Nations today to protest the trial of the Leningrad Nine. The demonstration, organized by the Center for Russian Jewry and the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, heard Rabbi Steven Riskin of Lincoln Square Synagogue, Rabbi Abraham Weiss and Jacob Birnbaum, chairman, national… More ▸

  • WEVD, N.Y.: 36 Hours a Week of ‘Jewish’ Programming, but is It Relevant?

    WEVD-AM-FM, New York, is the only broadcast station in the country with substantial Jewishoriented programing–five hours dally. six hours Saturday, five hours Sunday. Particularly proud of its Yiddish and Hebrew offerings, it calls itself "The Station That Speaks Your Language." Named after the late Socialist leader and five-time Presidential candidate Eugene Victor Debs, the 44-year-old… More ▸

  • Leonid Rigerman Comes ‘home’ to America

    “It’s not real. It’s probably a post card I’m looking at. I want to see everything here, everything here.” Leonid Rigerman had come “home” to America. The Soviet Jew, whose efforts to break the Kremlin’s emigration barriers had brought him widespread attention and encouragement in the West, spoke today to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent… More ▸