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  • Six Ajcongress Leaders Arrested at the Gate to the Soviet Embassy

    Six national and regional leaders of the American Jewish Congress were arrested Wednesday as they sang “Hatikvah” and other songs in Hebrew at the gate of the Soviet Embassy here. Those arrested were: Theodore Mann, who was just re-elected to his second two-year term as president of the AJCongress; Theodore Bikel, an AJCongress senior vice… More ▸

  • Soviet Refusenik Arrested

    Vladimir Masarik of Moscow, a long-time refusenik, was arrested last week on a charge of “drug possession.” He was the second refusenik within a week to be arrested by Soviet authorities. Bezalel Shalolashvili of Tbilisi, 22, was charged with “draft evasion.” According to the Coalition to Free Soviet Jews, Magarik, 52, a computer programmer, first… More ▸

  • Jewish Scientists in the USSR Mark 850th Anniversary of Maimonides’ Birth

    A large group of Jewish scientists recently gathered in a private home in Moscow to commemorate the 850th anniversary of the birth of Maimonides, Soviet immigrants in Israel were informed last week. The gathering, attended by 82 Jewish scientists, was the largest of the sort in the past six years. Among those present were well-known… More ▸

  • Refuseniks Call for Worldwide Hunger Strike to Mark Soviet Cp Congress

    A group of Soviet refuseniks have called for a worldwide hunger strike to mark the 27th Communist Party Congress in Moscow this week, the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (UCSJ) reported. The 13 refuseniks, who are mostly from Moscow and Kishinev and include Simon Shnirman, a recently released Prisoner of Conscience, issued an appeal… More ▸

  • Prominent French Jew Gets High Post

    Robert Badinter has been appointed President of France’s Constitutional Council, one of the country’s highest legal bodies, in some way the equivalent of the Supreme Court. He replaces in this post Daniel Mayer who resigned the Presidency but remains a member of the Council. Both Badinter and Mayer have been active in Jewish communal organizations…. More ▸