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Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry

  • Three Get Exit Visas

    An unofficial Moscow Hebrew teacher and two second-generation refuseniks have been granted exit visas to Israel, according to the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry and the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry. They are: Mikhail Kholmyansky, a physicist and unofficial Hebrew educator who had been refused for nine years and is the brother of former… More ▸

  • Soviets Give Visas to Edelshteins

    Yuli Edelshtein, an important figure in the unofficial Jewish education movement in the Soviet Union, has been granted an exit visa for Israel, the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) reported Monday. Edelshtein’s wife Tatyana and daughter Yulia, 12, have also been given permission to leave. The SSSJ received word of the Edelshteins’ visas during… More ▸

  • Soviet Cancer Patient Refusenik Dies After His Arrival in Vienna

    Soviet cancer patient Yuri Shpeizman died Sunday in Vienna. The ten-year refusenik succumbed to cardiac arrest immediately after his arrival in Vienna after being released from the Soviet Union. Shpeizman was en route to Israel with his wife, Nelly, to be reunited with their daughter, Rita Levin of Jerusalem, who campaigned for her father’s emigration…. More ▸

  • Demonstrations in Soviet Union

    Two hundred Soviet Jews gathered April 26 in the Jewish section of the Moscow cemetery for services commemorating Yom Hashoah, according to the National Council for Soviet Jewry (NCSJ). The gathering was led by former Prisoner of Conscience Iosif Begun. There was also a demonstration of 30 people in front of the offices of TASS,… More ▸

  • Families Divided As Some Soviet Jews Emigrate, Others Cannot

    A Soviet Jewish emigre with cancer who underwent a major operation here last week to save her life pleaded Friday for Soviet authorities to permit her brother and his family to leave the Soviet Union and reunite with her and her family here. Seated in a wheelchair, fragile, pale, her tears streaming. Irene Grottel told… More ▸

  • Boris Begun Nabbed Again

    Boris Begun, son of freed Prisoner of Conscience Iosif Begun, was nabbed by Soviet police Monday after demonstrating in downtown Moscow for the freedom of other refuseniks, according to the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ). Begun was detained along with Ella and Theodore Finkel, brother and sister refuseniks. Boris Begun was threatened with a… More ▸

  • Refuseniks Get Permission to Emigrate

    Permission has been granted to five, possibly six, refuseniks, in recent days. The list was provided by Lynn Singer, executive director of the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry, with biographical background added by Glenn Richter, national coordinator for the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry. * Pavel Astrakhan, 33, of Leningrad. He is a mechanical… More ▸

  • Poc Zunshain, Wife to Go to Israel

    Prisoner of Conscience Zakhar Zunshain has completed his three-year term in a Siberian labor camp and will leave for Israel with his wife on March 19, the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) reported Thursday. Zunshain was arrested in 1984 for demonstrating in Moscow and was sentenced to three years for “anti-Soviet slander.” SSSJ spokesman… More ▸

  • Rabbi Sentenced for Participating in Rally in Front of Soviet Embassy

    A two-day sentence was imposed Wednesday morning in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on Rabbi Avraham Weiss of Riverdale, The Bronx, for his participation in a demonstration of prayer and song in front of the Soviet Embassy in Washington last March on behalf of Soviet Jews. The demonstrators violated a Washington, D.C…. More ▸

  • Soviet Jewry Activists Split on Shamir’s Position on Soviet Jewish ‘drop-outs’

    Two major Soviet Jewry activist groups have told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that they do not support Israeli Premier Yitzhak Shamir’s request that the United States stop granting refugee status to Soviet Jews, which allows them to come directly to the United States instead of Israel. Shamir stated throughout his recent visit to the United… More ▸