National Conference on Soviet Jewry

  • Survey Shows Most Soviet Olim Are Glad That They Chose Israel

    The vast majority of the Soviet Jews who have immigrated to Israel recently are glad they made the choice. An overwhelming 78 percent would advise their relatives still in the Soviet Union to come to Israel, according to a poll of recent olim, conducted in October. The results, published Wednesday in Ma’ariv, show that only… More ▸

  • News Analysis: Soviet Foreign Minister’s Departure May Mean Setback for Jewish Concerns

    Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze’s surprise resignation is likely to have a negative impact on Jewish concerns, no matter who replaces him, experts say. “The signs are of deepening political crisis, almost paralysis,” said Martin Wenick, executive director of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. “My own sense is that it is not good for… More ▸

  • Shoshana Cardin is Unanimous Pick to Chair Conference of Presidents

    Shoshana Cardin, who has made a name for herself as a strong and outspoken leader in a variety of American Jewish organizational roles, was elected unanimously Tuesday as chairwoman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Cardin steps into what will effectively be a two-year term at a difficult time in U.S.-Israeli… More ▸

  • Soviets Win Jackson-vanik Waiver but Not Favorable Trade Benefits

    Jewish organizations applauded President Bush’s decision Wednesday to waive certain restrictions of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment until next July to allow the Soviet Union to receive up to $1 billion in U.S. government-guaranteed credits to buy wheat and other U.S. food products. Flanked by Secretary of State James Baker and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, Bush… More ▸

  • Armand Hammer Dead at 92 on Eve of His Bar Mitzvah

    Only 24 hours before he was to celebrate his long-delayed Bar Mitzvah, oil magnate Armand Hammer died Monday night at his Los Angeles home, following a short illness. He was 92. What was to be a tribute to the billionaire industrialist Tuesday night in Los Angeles turned into a memorial to a man who served… More ▸

  • Shamir Joins Farm Lobby in Urging Waiver of Jackson-vanik Sanctions

    Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir added his voice Sunday to those calling on President Bush to consider waiving U.S. trade sanctions against the Soviet Union as a reward for the large number of Soviet Jews being allowed to emigrate. Israel is "happy" some 150,000 Jews have arrived from the Soviet Union this year, Shamir said… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewry Group Urges Bush to Waive Jackson-vanik Sanctions

    In a major policy change, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry has announced it will ask President Bush to consider a one-year waiver of trade sanctions against the Soviet Union imposed by the Jackson-Vanik Amendment to the U.S. Trade Act of 1974. The National Conference “now believes that the president should consider waiving the provisions… More ▸

  • Bush’s Reappraisal of Jackson-vanik Takes Soviet Jewry Groups by Surprise

    President Bush’s indication that he is considering waiving Jackson-Vanik Amendment trade sanctions against the Soviet Union before it enacts promised legislation reforming emigration policy has caught Soviet Jewry advocacy groups by surprise. The Union of Councils for Soviet Jews announced its opposition to the idea minutes after President Bush mentioned the possibility Friday during a… More ▸

  • Soviet Panel Charges Zionists Have Set Up Spy Network in USSR

    The founding congress of a Soviet Zionist federation was nearly thwarted Tuesday, when about 100 delegates who showed up for the meeting in Moscow found the hall closed and themselves assailed in the media for trying to subvert the Soviet Union. The attack was spearheaded by the Anti-Zionist Committee of the Soviet Public, whose communique… More ▸