Decades after Soviet Jews won their freedom, Washington still uses the Jackson-Vanik amendment to squeeze Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries
The Jewish attempt to cancel Israel and Jewish peoplehood
In assessing my own liberation, I recall a conformity that feels terrifyingly familiar today
Composed before 16 Soviet Jews attempted to hijack a small plane in 1970, this declaration calls out the U.N. for turning a blind eye to their human rights and pleads for the Jewish world not to take its freedom for granted
Fifty years ago today in Leningrad, a small group of Soviet Jews was tried for attempting a daring escape to Israel. Eerily, their story is relevant again—this time, for American Jews.
A conversation with Natan Sharansky, author of ‘Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People’
What lessons can we learn from them today?
Extraordinary photographs of a refusenik picnic in 1974, when Soviet Jews were far from free
Fifty years ago, a group of daring Georgian Jews openly asked for freedom. Their ‘Letter of the Eighteen’ remains one of the most consequential moments in the history of European Jewry, paving the way for the exodus of 1.5 million Soviet Jews.
The full English text of the letters that spawned the exodus of Soviet Jewry
The great Soviet dissident and refusenik talks about discovering Hebrew, foiling the KGB, and surviving the ‘banya’
How the center of a Russian-guitar culture ended up in the American Midwest, under the stewardship of its greatest enthusiast
Alon Nechushtan’s new jazz-opera ‘Survival Codes’ mythologizes the sacred languages that kept Soviet Jewry alive
May Day: The surprising Jewish origins of the animated character who taught a generation of Soviet children to be good communists
And are we prepared for postmodern activism and the new realities of the Jewish people?
Tablet en Español: Un emigrante Ruso viaja por Chile con su esposa e hijas
‘Operation Wedding’ is directed by Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov, whose parents led the Leningrad plane hijacking that was ultimately foiled by the KGB
The epic story of how one American Jew became ‘twinned’ with a coreligionist in Soviet Russia he eventually helped bring to freedom—and why it taught him so much about true resistance and activism
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