Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry

  • Kahane, Though Vilified by Many, is Remembered As Protector of Jews

    Rabbi Meir Kahane, the former Knesset member and Jewish Defense League founder who was assassinated Monday night, was eulogized Tuesday in Brooklyn as a man who stood up for Jewish pride and principles. “He was the second Moshe Rabbeinu — Moses took the Jews out of Egypt and Kahane took the Jews out of anti-Semitic… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Applaud Conviction in Soviet Union of Pamyat Leader

    American Jewish groups have applauded the conviction in Moscow of a leader of the anti-Semitic group Pamyat as an important first step in the fight against anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union, which for decades was sanctioned by the government. Konstantin Smirnov-Ostashvili was convicted by a Moscow court Friday and sentenced to two years in jail… More ▸

  • Protest at Aeroflot Office Makes Little Headway for Direct Flight

    Nine Soviet Jewry activists failed last week to convince the regional manager of the Soviet national airline Aeroflot to begin direct flights to Israel. Rabbi Avraham Weiss, who led the group, even tried to lay down cash for a ticket to Israel, but was politely told he could not do so. The group, made up… More ▸

  • Gorbachev Threat on Emigration, Not Trade Pact, Alarms U.S. Jewry

    American Jewish leaders have expressed satisfaction with President Bush’s pledge that he will not ask Congress to ratify a trade agreement he signed Friday with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev until Moscow adopts promised emigration reform legislation. But Jewish leaders were alarmed by Gorbachev’s threat Sunday to cut off Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union unless… More ▸

  • On Eve of Superpower Summit, U.S.-Soviet Trade Pact in Doubt

    Two days before President Bush was scheduled to host Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at their first full-scale summit meeting, the White House was still up in the air about whether a trade agreement would be signed. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said Tuesday that neither news reports that the agreement will be signed at the… More ▸

  • Gorbachev Condemns Anti-semitism, in a Long-awaited Public Statement

    Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, addressing a meeting of the Communist Youth League in Moscow, has made what is believed to be his first public statement condemning anti-Semitism. Leaders of Soviet Jewry advocacy groups responded to the long-awaited statement in mixed fashion, some welcoming it, but others saying it minimized or only partially addressed the problem…. More ▸

  • Solidarity Sunday Revived in N.Y., but with a New Slant and Slogan

    After more than two decades of activism on behalf of Soviet Jews, the rallying cry of "Let My People Go" was changed to "Let My People Fly" and "Bring My People Home." It was the first Solidarity Sunday amid glasnost. Official police estimates of 127,000 people–although more realistic figures put the number at a fraction… More ▸