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We Have A Lot To Learn From The Soviet Jewry Movement


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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.

About the Author: 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.


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2 Responses to “We Have A Lot To Learn From The Soviet Jewry Movement”

  1. Steven Katz says:

    Why is there no mention of Rabbi Meir Kahane and his Jewish Defense League?

  2. Dita Gould says:

    We in Australia also protested to let our people go. Our then prime minister Bob Hawke went to Russian our behalf. I am very happy that you are teaching the younger generation about this. Perhaps you could send an article to the Jewish News please.

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On Dec. 6, 1987, when Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrived in Washington, more than a quarter-million American Jews – Democrats and Republicans, observant and secular, and individuals representing the entire spectrum of Israeli politics – gathered on the National Mall with a single unified message as old as the Exodus story: “Let our people go!”

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