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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

I feel honored to have met with Chaya a few weeks ago at the site of her great grandmother's brutal murder 75 years ago. She was among 27,000 Jews that were butchered by the Nazis in just 48 hours.
I interviewed Chaya for the @soulsonthedon project and was very moved. Her life today is a true inspiration.
"75 years have passed since the Nazis tried to erase every trace of Judaism from our city, but we're still here."
~•~
#holocaust #neveragain #sovietjews #werestillhere #soulsonthedon

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

Памятник павшим еврейским солдатам и партизанам в Нетании
#pain #remembrance #sovietjews

The handful of people surrounding Abigail at the base of the Temple Mount were her immediate family and two sets of grandparents.  Her parents and grandparents were born and raised in Communist Russia where Judaism and all of its expressions were off-limits.  Hebrew prayers were not recited, and Jewish milestones such as bar/bat mitzvahs could not be celebrated.  Abigail’s entire family beamed at her, tears streaming down their cheeks as they witnessed the Jewish tradition they were once deprived of taking shape in their granddaughter standing before them. “Why do I choose to celebrate my bat mitzvah here, by the Western Wall?" Abigail asked. "Because I can.”. #jerusalem #sovietjews #batmitzvah #kotel #westernwall #templemount #family #photography

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

When you find yourself in the archive...
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Enjoying the 2017 RJD Gala Kickoff in our beautiful city! #RJDGala #sovietjews #marchonwashington #ProudToBeanImmigrant #thankful

“Jews Have Always Fought for Freedom: Dedicated to the Unity of Jews of All Lands Fighting Fascism” -- our #TraditionofJewishActivism week continues with this pamphlet from 1943
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The National Reception Committee to the Delegation from the U.S.S.R. published this pamphlet in New York in 1943, at the height of World War II. The National Reception Committee was chaired by Albert Einstein and B.Z. Goldberg (the son-in-law of famous Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem), and set up to welcome the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee.
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The Delegation from the U.S.S.R. that Einstein and Goldberg were welcoming consisted of Itzik Fefer (Soviet Yiddish poet, 1900-1952) and Solomon Mikhoels (actor and artistic director of the Moscow State Jewish Theater, 1890-1948). Fefer and Mikhoels travelled to the US, Canada, Mexico and England in 1943 as representatives of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee. They were both later murdered by Stalin's regime; Mikhoels in 1948 and Fefer in 1952 on the Night of the Murdered Poets.
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This pamphlet is part of the collections of Yeshiva University Museum. Images by Arthur Szyk, a Polish-Jewish artist (1894-1951) and words by Joseph Brainin, an Austrian-Jewish writer (1895-1970).
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#TraditionofJewishActivism #JewishHistory #AmericanHistory #Propaganda #Art #Arstagram #Jews #Yiddish #SovietJews #WorldWarII #History #Protest #Resist #Activism #FightFascism #FoundItIntheArchives #Fromthevault #ArchivesofInstagram #Archives #YeshivaUniversityMuseum #CenterforJewishHistory

Памятник павшим еврейским солдатам и партизанам в Нетании
#pain #remembrance #sovietjews

The handful of people surrounding Abigail at the base of the Temple Mount were her immediate family and two sets of grandparents.  Her parents and grandparents were born and raised in Communist Russia where Judaism and all of its expressions were off-limits.  Hebrew prayers were not recited, and Jewish milestones such as bar/bat mitzvahs could not be celebrated.  Abigail’s entire family beamed at her, tears streaming down their cheeks as they witnessed the Jewish tradition they were once deprived of taking shape in their granddaughter standing before them. “Why do I choose to celebrate my bat mitzvah here, by the Western Wall?" Abigail asked. "Because I can.”. #jerusalem #sovietjews #batmitzvah #kotel #westernwall #templemount #family #photography

I feel honored to have met with Chaya a few weeks ago at the site of her great grandmother's brutal murder 75 years ago. She was among 27,000 Jews that were butchered by the Nazis in just 48 hours.
I interviewed Chaya for the @soulsonthedon project and was very moved. Her life today is a true inspiration.
"75 years have passed since the Nazis tried to erase every trace of Judaism from our city, but we're still here."
~•~
#holocaust #neveragain #sovietjews #werestillhere #soulsonthedon

“These were my ancestors,” Chaya said, holding an old, sepia-toned photo. “The Nazis brutally murdered them here seventy-five years ago. They filled this mass-grave with 27,000 Russian Jews in just two days.” “The only reason my grandmother, Musia, survived the massacre was because she was a medic, serving at the front. Those that remained in Rostov were not as lucky. Her mother, Cecilia, was an old hunchback. When she tried crossing the bridge to escape, she was told to turn around. Too weak to continue, she returned home, accompanied by her youngest daughter, who refused to leave her alone. They hid in their basement, hoping to stay alive. When the Nazis came around looking for Jews, a neighbor disclosed their location. They were dragged out of their home, tossed onto a truck, and driven here to Zmievskaya Balka where they were murdered in the largest massacre of the Holocaust on Russian soil." Driving back to the center of the city, Chaya stares out of her window, lost in her thoughts. She wipes the tears from her eyes. “Seventy-five years have passed since the Nazis attempted to erase every trace of Judaism from our city," she said, "but we're still here.” "I grew up during communism. It wasn't easy. You can't understand it if you haven't lived through it. I was often ridiculed in the streets with anti-Semitic slurs. I was afraid to be seen anywhere near the synagogue. Once a year we'd come to pick up Matzah for Passover, but we'd do it discreetly out of fear." "Today, I work in the Jewish preschool. The synagogue has become my second home. I live a Jewish life with pride, and I know that I'm honoring my great grandmother's memory and continuing her legacy."
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#holocaust #defient #sovietjews #strongwomen #livinglegacy #עםישראלחי #souljourney #soulsonthedon

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.

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#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

"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

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