As we begin the year 5773, we should remember and appreciate that the struggle for freedom is ongoing. The lessons of the Soviet Jewry movement should inform how we respond to current and future challenges: As a community, we are strongest when we stand together.
As a people, we must never stay silent when Jews are in need. As a light to the nations, we must ensure that those rights central to the Soviet Jewry movement – freedom of migration, freedom of information and freedom of conscience – define our activism.
Daniel Eisenstadt and Michael Granoff are co-chairs of Freedom 25 (www.freedom25.net), a coalition focused on promoting the history and lessons of the Soviet Jewry movement to the next generation.