Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry

  • Begun Addresses ‘freedom Day’ Rally Organized in Lieu of Solidarity Sunday

    Former Soviet prisoner of Zion Yosef Begun thanked an avenue block packed with "Freedom Day" ralliers for winning his release, but expressed concern at the shrinking numbers of Soviet Jewry demonstrators since he and other highly publicized prisoners have been freed. "We have no right to weaken our struggle, demanding and pressure on the Soviet… More ▸

  • Demonstrators Say Police Conform to Ruling Allowing Embassy Protests

    Two Soviet Jewry activist organizations demonstrated in front of the Soviet Embassy here Wednesday and gave local police passing marks. The Union of Councils for Soviet Jews and the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry had gathered to “test the waters” of the Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday limiting enforcement of a law banning demonstrations within 500… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewish Emigration Up Slightly During February

    Soviet Jewish emigration figures for February totaled 730, a slight rise from the January total of 722, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry reported Tuesday. The NCSJ and the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry also reported an apparent relaxation in the first-degree relative requirement for emigrating, according to accounts from refuseniks in Moscow, Leningrad… More ▸

  • Shultz Stresses Human Rights with Refuseniks, Shevardnadze

    Secretary of State George Shultz began his visit to Moscow Sunday by raising the issue of human rights with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze as well as a group of refuseniks. Shultz devoted most of his Sunday morning talk with Shevardnadze to what an American official called “a wide and broad exchange” on human rights… More ▸

  • Yeshiva U. Hosts Moscow Rabbi, Cantor in Disputed Study Visit

    The rabbi and cantor of the main Moscow synagogue began three months of study at Yeshiva University here last week under a cloud of criticism from U.S. Soviet Jewry activists, who claim the two men are KGB agents. Moreover, activists maintained, the study program is an insult to observant Soviet Jews’ sincere desire to study… More ▸

  • Paritskys, Longtime Refuseniks, Told to Expect Exit Visas

    Former prisoner of conscience Dr. Alexander Paritsky of Kharkov, the Ukraine, his wife Polina and their daughter Anna were Tuesday promised an exit visa to Israel by local authorities, the Cincinnati Council for Soviet Jews and the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry reported Tuesday. The Cincinnati council spoke with Alexander Paritsky, 49, Tuesday. He had… More ▸

  • Lev Furman Receives Exit Visa; Lerner, Ioffe Bound for Israel

    Lev Furman, a 13-year refusenik from Leningrad, received an exit visa Friday for himself, his wife, Marina, and their 10 month-old daughter, Aliya, the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry reported here Sunday. Two other long-term refuseniks, Professor Alexander Lerner, a computer scientist, and Professor Alexander Ioffe, a mathematician, are due to arrive soon in Israel,… More ▸

  • Ex-prisoner of Zion Iosif Begun Finally Leaves the Soviet Union

    Iosif Begun, a Soviet Jewish activist and Hebrew teacher granted permission to emigrate in September, after 16 years of harassment by Soviet authorities, will arrive in Israel early Tuesday morning, according to Soviet Jewry groups here. The 55-year-old electrical engineer and former prisoner of Zion left Moscow on Monday with his wife, Inna; son, Boris;… More ▸

  • Verdict on Summit Still Out, Soviet Jewry Leaders Say

    Leaders of Soviet Jewry groups across the board are less than pleased with the outcome of last week’s summit meeting between President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, because of an apparent lack of progress in the area of human rights. But there is a divergence of opinion on what may come in the future…. More ▸