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Rabbis lead a group of 200 young people through the Loop during National Solidarity Day for Soviet Jews on April 30, 1972. The group started at the synagogue at 16 S. Clark Street and walked to the opera house. Photo by James Mayo. #vintagechicago #chicagojews #solidarityday #sovietjews

Remembering Elie Wiesel, the man who blew the whistle on the plight of Soviet Jews with his 1965 series of newspaper stories in Haaretz, published in English in book form as _The Jews of Silence_. That poignantly written book captured the public imagination and helped to spark a mass movement in support of the Soviet Jews in the US, remarkable in its scope and accomplishments, most significantly, the Jackson-Vanik amendment. Imagine: a book by a secular writer lamenting the lack of religious rights for the by then totally secular Russian Jews instigated a political movement of mostly secular American Jews, many of whom hardly took advantage of their own religious freedoms. Such is the power of the heartfelt printed word!

Indirectly, I am indebted to Wiesel's passionate writing, along with hundreds of thousands of other Jews that were able to emigrate from the USSR between the late 1960s and 1991.

The unusual two-tone title spread (mostly on verso, with only the word Silence silk screened in black on black on the recto) of the original 1966 edition, designed by Ernst Reichl. Photo via the Reichl website, http://www.ernstreichl.org/the-jews-of-silence/

#ripeliewiesel #sovietjews #letmypeoplego #bookdesign

Having a great time shooting at JFS today for the annual meeting and operation exodus event! This is a real poster used during the March on Washington D.C. #letmypeoplego #sovietjews #community

When you find yourself in the archive...
https://ontherescuefront.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/a-hias-staffer-in-the-archives/

#ajhsnyc #hias #archive #database #refugees #sovietjews #russianjews

#Repost @soulsonthedon
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"I was fifty-years-old the first time I picked up a Chumash in the synagogue and began reading it backward–not knowing that Hebrew reads right to left." Meet Michail Yeffimovich Nevoroshkin. "That wasn't my first time in the synagogue, though," said Michail, proprietor of the sole cafeteria at Southern Russia's largest university, Don State Technical University. "As a young child, I'd visit once a year with my grandmother." "Grandma would purchase chickens in the market," he explained, "and raise them on her balcony. I remember accompanying her before Passover when she brought the chicken to the Rabbi to slaughter. We took along a bag of flour too and returned home with matzohs. After Grandma finished preparing the chicken for dinner, she'd light the candles and pray, and the entire family would sit down for a humble Seder." "The traditions I had experienced in Grandma's home were all I knew of our heritage. Back then, we weren't allowed to practice Judaism publicly, but we live in different times now. Today we can embrace our nationality without fear of persecution. The children in our community have the ability to practice Judaism openly and don't have to wait until they're fifty to learn which way the Chumash reads."
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"It was this promise that stood by our ancestors and by us. For it was not only one enemy that rose up against us to destroy us–in every single generation they rise against us to destroy us, and the Holy One Blessed is He saves us from their hands."
–The Haggadah

#sovietjews #torah #judaism #pesach #passover #synagogue #russianjews #tradition #souljourney #soulsonthedon

Svetlana speaking on the Jews of The Soviet Union at our Soviet Jewry party #sovietjews #hillel

После лекции о советских евреях для преподавателей американских ВУЗов. Им было интересно и удивительно. Я- в середине, белый низ, черный верх. I was a panelist with the US university professors. Topic- Soviet Jews. In the middle, in light pants and black, long sweater. #paneldiscussion #panelist #sovietjews #sovietjewery #professor #university #дискуссия #советскийсоюз #евреи #профессор #университет #презентация #интервью #индиана #indianapolis #instagrammers #instagram #инстаграм

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My grandma, the human computer. In the 1960s, grassroots organizations across the United States began to form as a result of the hideous treatment of Jews by the Soviet Union. My grandmother was no stranger to Russian mistreatment of Jews: her parents had fled Russia in the first decade of the century as victims of pogroms. Her mother Clara suffered from undiagnosed PTSD her entire adult life after witnessing brutal murders in their shtetl.
When her closest friends Selma and Hal Light and Rose and Ed Tamler began the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews in 1967, my grandma was fully on board. She devised a magnificent filing system documenting thousands of Refuseniks and held names and faces in her head. The note at the American Jewish Historical Society (where my grandma’s papers are archived) reads: her system “became a resource for BACSJ and other Soviet Jewry organizations in the United States. Foreman helped connect Jewish families in the US and USSR with special projects such as Adopt-A-Family and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning. She visited the Soviet Union in the 1970s and met with many Refuseniks and Prisoners of Conscience, including Ida Nudel and Leonid Slepak.” Hal died tragically in 1974, but the BACSJ continued to thrive. Often overlooked by historians is the enormous impact of women driving this movement. During Natan Sharansky’s prison interrogation, the KGB itself derided the American Soviet Jewry movement for being mere “students and housewives.” But what power these students and housewives held! In the Bay Area, my grandma Lillian Foreman and her dear friends Regina Waldman, Rose Tamler (nearly 100 years old as I write this), Natasha Kats and many more, led this oft-forgotten revolution.
In the 1980s, my grandma became president of the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews. She traveled to the Soviet Union multiple times, smuggling in goods that could be sold on the black market to raise money for Jews and other Refuseniks to escape the oppressive USSR. The KGB had a file on her. She put her life on the line to save strangers. My grandma’s integrity, empathy and courage inspire me every day.

When you find yourself in the archive...
https://ontherescuefront.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/a-hias-staffer-in-the-archives/

#ajhsnyc #hias #archive #database #refugees #sovietjews #russianjews

#Repost @soulsonthedon
・・・
"I was fifty-years-old the first time I picked up a Chumash in the synagogue and began reading it backward–not knowing that Hebrew reads right to left." Meet Michail Yeffimovich Nevoroshkin. "That wasn't my first time in the synagogue, though," said Michail, proprietor of the sole cafeteria at Southern Russia's largest university, Don State Technical University. "As a young child, I'd visit once a year with my grandmother." "Grandma would purchase chickens in the market," he explained, "and raise them on her balcony. I remember accompanying her before Passover when she brought the chicken to the Rabbi to slaughter. We took along a bag of flour too and returned home with matzohs. After Grandma finished preparing the chicken for dinner, she'd light the candles and pray, and the entire family would sit down for a humble Seder." "The traditions I had experienced in Grandma's home were all I knew of our heritage. Back then, we weren't allowed to practice Judaism publicly, but we live in different times now. Today we can embrace our nationality without fear of persecution. The children in our community have the ability to practice Judaism openly and don't have to wait until they're fifty to learn which way the Chumash reads."
_____
"It was this promise that stood by our ancestors and by us. For it was not only one enemy that rose up against us to destroy us–in every single generation they rise against us to destroy us, and the Holy One Blessed is He saves us from their hands."
–The Haggadah

#sovietjews #torah #judaism #pesach #passover #synagogue #russianjews #tradition #souljourney #soulsonthedon

"I was fifty-years-old the first time I picked up a Chumash in the synagogue and began reading it backward–not knowing that Hebrew reads right to left." Meet Michail Yeffimovich Nevoroshkin. "That wasn't my first time in the synagogue, though," said Michail, proprietor of the sole cafeteria at Southern Russia's largest university, Don State Technical University. "As a young child, I'd visit once a year with my grandmother." "Grandma would purchase chickens in the market," he explained, "and raise them on her balcony. I remember accompanying her before Passover when she brought the chicken to the Rabbi to slaughter. We took along a bag of flour too and returned home with matzohs. After Grandma finished preparing the chicken for dinner, she'd light the candles and pray, and the entire family would sit down for a humble Seder." "The traditions I had experienced in Grandma's home were all I knew of our heritage. Back then, we weren't allowed to practice Judaism publicly, but we live in different times now. Today we can embrace our nationality without fear of persecution. The children in our community have the ability to practice Judaism openly and don't have to wait until they're fifty to learn which way the Chumash reads."
_____
"It was this promise that stood by our ancestors and by us. For it was not only one enemy that rose up against us to destroy us–in every single generation they rise against us to destroy us, and the Holy One Blessed is He saves us from their hands."
–The Haggadah

#sovietjews #torah #judaism #pesach #passover #synagogue #russianjews #tradition #souljourney #soulsonthedon

An incredible true story of courage and conviction, “Operation Wedding” tells the story of young dissidents who plotted to hijack a plane to escape communist Russia. http://ow.ly/Kzun309k8Eg
#russiandissidents #sovietjews #russianjews #resistance #documentary

“The first time I felt my soul was when I was ten,” said Maxim. “I was vacationing in Czechoslovakia with my family, and we stopped into a jewelry store. I saw a necklace with a Star of David on it and asked grandpa if he would buy it for me. I’ve worn it every day since.” “I wanted to learn more but didn’t know where to turn. Six years passed, and someone reached out to invite me to an event for Jewish youth. That was just six months ago, but it didn't take long to feel at home." "Can you describe what that feels like?” I asked. "You know those days when you have something on your mind that weighs you down? Whatever problems are going on in my life, when I come to the synagogue, I forget them all." #sovietjews #jewishidentity #jewishpride #עמישראלחי #soulsearching #souljourney #photojourney #soulsonthedon

1987 POWERFUL Jewish protest button soon to be on ETSY(sherwoodstreasures) jewish records and pinbacks#jewish#jewishpower#ETSY#sherwoodstreasures#sovietjews#protest#speakout#russia#oakland

A piece of history found in my parents' house. A postcard sent by presumably thousands of Americans in mid-1980s to test the endurance of the Moscow post-office censor, if not the Secretary General's own patience. The refusenik family it pleads the case of are the Ziemans, our longtime family friends.

#sovietjews #letmypeoplego #perestroika #80s #refusenik

Remembering Elie Wiesel, the man who blew the whistle on the plight of Soviet Jews with his 1965 series of newspaper stories in Haaretz, published in English in book form as _The Jews of Silence_. That poignantly written book captured the public imagination and helped to spark a mass movement in support of the Soviet Jews in the US, remarkable in its scope and accomplishments, most significantly, the Jackson-Vanik amendment. Imagine: a book by a secular writer lamenting the lack of religious rights for the by then totally secular Russian Jews instigated a political movement of mostly secular American Jews, many of whom hardly took advantage of their own religious freedoms. Such is the power of the heartfelt printed word!

Indirectly, I am indebted to Wiesel's passionate writing, along with hundreds of thousands of other Jews that were able to emigrate from the USSR between the late 1960s and 1991.

The unusual two-tone title spread (mostly on verso, with only the word Silence silk screened in black on black on the recto) of the original 1966 edition, designed by Ernst Reichl. Photo via the Reichl website, http://www.ernstreichl.org/the-jews-of-silence/

#ripeliewiesel #sovietjews #letmypeoplego #bookdesign

Remembering Elie Wiesel, the man who blew the whistle on the plight of Soviet Jews with his 1965 series of newspaper stories in Haaretz, published in English in book form as _The Jews of Silence_. That poignantly written book captured the public imagination and helped to spark a mass movement in support of the Soviet Jews in the US, remarkable in its scope and accomplishments, most significantly, the Jackson-Vanik amendment. Imagine: a book by a secular writer lamenting the lack of religious rights for the by then totally secular Russian Jews instigated a political movement of mostly secular American Jews, many of whom hardly took advantage of their own religious freedoms. Such is the power of the heartfelt printed word!

Indirectly, I am indebted to Wiesel's passionate writing, along with hundreds of thousands of other Jews that were able to emigrate from the USSR between the late 1960s and 1991.

I had the honor of designing Wiesel's _Legends of Our Time_ cover for the 2004 Schocken Books paperback edition, AD @archieferguson.
#ripeliewiesel #sovietjews #letmypeoplego #bookdesign

Сегодня наконец-таки узнал как звали моего прапрадеда. Его звали #Хаскель.
Это восточноевропейский (ашкеназский) вариант древнееврейского имени #Йехезкель (#Иезикиль). Помогло мне в этом #свидетельствоорождении бабушкиного брата дяди Оси (ז"ל).
Мой папа не застал ни деда ( Самуила), ни прадеда (Хаскеля).
Зато бабушка, которую звали Асса-Цира ( в миру баба Зина) каждое лето на катере приезжала из Рязани в Касимов, привозила с собой баранки и конфеты и угощала встречающих её внуков (среди них мой папа) и толпы их друзей-сладкоежек. Её ждали. Каждое лето.
В Рязань семейство Вулихов переехало из Польши, а туда, в свою очередь, они прибыли из Германии.
Асса-Цира Наумовна, её дочь -- моя бабушка Люба, её сыновья -- братья Иосиф, Моисей (Миша) и Наум в годы войны были эвакуированы из Рязани в Казахстан. Перед эвакуацией бабушка Люба копала противотанковые рвы и окончательно подорвала своё здоровье. Из-за злополучной грыжи бабушка умерла через 3 месяца после моего рождения. 6 мая. Бабушка Люба, внучка, Хаскеля, была преподавателем в музыкальной школе по классу фортепиано, вместе с Ряховским В.И., невероятным человеком, стояла у истоков создания касимовской музыкальной школы.
#jewishhistory #jews #jewish #myfamily #secrets #olddocuments #евреи #יהדות #sovietjews #jewishroots #יהדותרוסיה #память #שואה #polishjews #יהדותפולין #рязань #польша #германия

Having a great time shooting at JFS today for the annual meeting and operation exodus event! This is a real poster used during the March on Washington D.C. #letmypeoplego #sovietjews #community

После лекции о советских евреях для преподавателей американских ВУЗов. Им было интересно и удивительно. Я- в середине, белый низ, черный верх. I was a panelist with the US university professors. Topic- Soviet Jews. In the middle, in light pants and black, long sweater. #paneldiscussion #panelist #sovietjews #sovietjewery #professor #university #дискуссия #советскийсоюз #евреи #профессор #университет #презентация #интервью #индиана #indianapolis #instagrammers #instagram #инстаграм

Rabbis lead a group of 200 young people through the Loop during National Solidarity Day for Soviet Jews on April 30, 1972. The group started at the synagogue at 16 S. Clark Street and walked to the opera house. Photo by James Mayo. #vintagechicago #chicagojews #solidarityday #sovietjews

Thank you to the 25,000 American Jews who helped fight for the freedom and release of persecuted Jews within the Soviet Union. 28 years ago today. The same 28 years ago, the Dreyshner family was brought to America as Jewish refugees. #LetMyPeopleGo #SovietJews #ThankYou

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