Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry

  • A More Modest ‘solidarity’ Rally for Soviet Jews Staged This Year

    While glasnost and increased Soviet Jewish emigration kept mainstream Jewish organizations off the streets this year, 150 Jews rallied Sunday in front of the Soviet Mission to the United Nations. The “Day of Solidarity” rally, sponsored by the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry, took the place of… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Remain Divided over a Waiver of Jackson-vanik

    Jewish groups are split over whether to favor a relaxation of U.S. trade sanctions against the Soviet Union contained in the Jackson-Vanik Amendment. Pressure to support a waiver of provisions contained in the 14-year-old amendment, which denies U.S. trade benefits to the Soviet Union because of its restrictive emigration policies, comes as Moscow is allowing… More ▸

  • Students Protest at Justice Dept. Asking for Release of Pollards

    — The North American Jewish Students’ Network has begun a movement demanding the release from prison of Jonathan Jay Pollard and his wife, Anne Henderson Pollard, because they feel that Jewish leaders have failed to act. “The students started the Soviet Jewry movement when the Jewish community was silent,” Rabbi Avraham Weiss, chairman of the… More ▸

  • Bronfman Relates Jewish Concerns During Meeting with Shevardnadze

    World Jewish Congress President Edgar Bronfman and the organization’s secretary-general, Israel Singer, met Monday with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze to discuss issues of concern to the Jewish community. The one-hour conference with the Soviet minister dwelt on all issues affecting Soviet Jews and also focused on the situation in the Middle East and the… More ▸

  • Activists Mix Joy with Caution at Moscow Jewish Center Opening

    The Jewish Cultural Center that opened Sunday night in Moscow, though certainly welcome, has not garnered rave reviews among Soviet Jews or their supporters in the West. But those who want something Jewish–of substance–in the Soviet Union, are quick to acknowledge this center as a first step. “At the moment, it’s all they’ve got,” said… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewry Movement Facing New Challenges in Gorbachev Era

    With conditions for Soviet Jews seeming to improve and a Western “honeymoon” with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev still going strong, Soviet Jewry groups are taking a hard look at the future of their movement. Last year, nearly 19,000 Soviet Jews were allowed to leave the Soviet Union, the highest total in nine years and well… More ▸

  • Gorbachev Says Refusenik Problem Can Be Removed from World Agenda

    Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev told the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday that a restructuring of the Soviet Union’s “state secrecy” laws “removes from the agenda the problem of the so-called refuseniks.” In a speech largely devoted to his policy of “perestroika” or restructuring the Soviet system, Gorbachev said that the Supreme Soviet intends to draft… More ▸

  • Soviets Promise Cultural Center and to Allow Hebrew Teaching

    A promise to legalize the teaching of Hebrew in the Soviet Union and the establishment of a Jewish cultural center in Moscow appear to be the prime fruits of talks held last week in Moscow between Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze and Jewish leaders. Participants in the extraordinary two-hour discussion, which reportedly covered all substantive… More ▸

  • Three Detained by Police in Istanbul Protesting Waldheim Visit to Turkey

    Nazi-hunter Beate Klarsfeld, Rabbi Avraham Weiss of New York and another American were detained twice Wednesday by Turkish police in Istanbul and reportedly beaten following their second detention, after demonstrating against visiting Austrian President Kurt Waldheim. According to Glenn Richter, national coordinator of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, the three were first detained for… More ▸

  • Chernobilsky Receives Permission to Emigrate, After 13-year Battle

    Former prisoner of conscience Boris Chernobilsky, who spent one year in a labor camp during a 13-year battle to leave the Soviet Union, has received permission to emigrate to Israel, according to the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. Also receiving permission, according to the SSSJ reports, were his… More ▸