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  • Over 100 Jewish Refuseniks to Hold Day of Fast December 24

    More than 100 refuseniks are scheduled to participate in a day of fasting throughout the Soviet Union on December 24 as a gesture of solidarity with Jewish Prisoners of Conscience, according to the National Conference on Soviet Jewry (NCSJ). Supporters in other countries are expected to fast along with them. The refuseniks have formed what… More ▸

  • Special Report Soviets’ New Written Emigration Code

    The Soviet Union’s codification of emigration procedures this month was criticized as a “smokescreen” by some Soviet Jewry movement leaders contacted by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Others, however, saw some positive development in the new regulations. The regulations, to take effect January 1, define acceptable conditions for emigration and temporary travel, differing significantly from the… More ▸

  • 12-year Refusenik Dead at 68

    Haim Elbert, a 68-year-old Red Army veteran who with his family had been denied exit visas since they first applied in 1976, died in Kiev November 8, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry reported here. His death came two days after he learned that the latest visa application for himself, his wife, their sons and… More ▸

  • Failure of Summit Meeting May Diminish Possibilities for Improvement of Soviet Human Rights Practice

    The failure of President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to reach an agreement on arms control during their meetings in Iceland may also diminish possibilities for improvements in Soviet human rights practices, including Jewish emigration from the USSR. Both Reagan and Secretary of State George Shultz in their reports on the Iceland talks stressed… More ▸

  • UAHC Steps Up Anti-apartheid Campaign

    A “Prisoner of Apartheid” project modeled after the Prisoner of Conscience campaign for Soviet Jewry has been launched by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) through its 800 synagogues to intensify programs by the Reform Jewish movement in the national campaign to end apartheid in South Africa, it was announced here. The project will… More ▸

  • U.S. and Its West European Allies to Press Soviet Bloc on Human Rights

    The United States and its West European allies will press the Soviet bloc on human rights in a conference that opened in Vienna Tuesday, the State Department said. The U.S., Canada and 33 European nations will be meeting in Vienna for two weeks to prepare for a follow-up to the 1975 Helsinki Accords in Vienna… More ▸

  • National Campaign for Soviet Jewry

    The organize Jewish community launched a national campaign Wednesday to ensure that the issue of Soviet Jewry will be on the agenda if and when President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev hold a second summit. At the same time, it was announced from the steps of the Capitol that one million signatures will be… More ▸