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American-Jewish Human Rights Organization Visits Kyiv

A working visit of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry (UCSJ) to Kyiv took place on August 17-20. The delegation included UCSJ President and Executive Director Larry Lerner, Director of International Bureaus and Activities Leonid Stonov, Board of Directors member Dr. Joel Sandberg, and noted political scientist Stephen Eric Bronner. The visit was prepared […]

Meylakh Sheykhet – A fight for the Jewish heritage in Lviv

Meylakh Sheykhet is the person that cannot be ignored in Lviv concerning the Jewish life. As the representative of the Union of Councils for the Jews of the Former Soviet Union in Ukraine, he acts to the promotion of the democracy in the country. His action stretches on various fields as the defense of the […]

UCSJ Attends Second Annual International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, UCSJ’s President, Larry Lerner, and Associate Director, Maria Weissman, attended the second annual International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable event. The IRF is an informal alliance of over one hundred faith-based organizations, religious freedom advocates and NGOs. The event was held on Capitol Hill in the Cannon Caucus Room and was co-sponsored by Advocates […]

UCSJ Accomplishment: Lviv Director Meylakh Sheykhet

On April 12, 2013 the Board of the Scientists and Methodists of the Minister of Culture of Ukraine approved “THE PROGRAM FOR THE REGENERATION OF THE FORMER JEWISH QUARTER IN L’VIV (FEDOROVA ST. – ARSENALSKA ST. – STAROYEVREYSKA ST. – BRATIV ROHATYNTSIV ST.)” developed by the State Enterprise “UKRZAKHIDPROEKTRESTAVRACIJA”. Ordered by the Representation to Ukraine […]

MHG is the Latest Target in Russia’s Unprecedented, Massive Government Campaign to Inspect NGOs

The Moscow Times– The Moscow Helsinki Group, Russia’s oldest human rights organization, on Thursday became the latest NGO inspected in a massive government campaign that has hit hundreds of non-state groups in 25 regions and is unprecedented in post-Soviet Russia, a rights leader said. Prosecutors and Justice Ministry officials on Thursday showed up at the headquarters of the Moscow Helsinki Group, where they asked the organization’s veteran leader, 85-year-old […]

In the Sewers of Lvov

Friends: In preparation for Passover and its powerful theme of “mei avdut l’cherut” — from slavery to freedom — I watched a DVD of the 2011 film “In Darkness.” Based on the non-fiction book, “In the Sewers of Lvov”, the film chronicles the incredible survival of a group of Jews for 14 months underneath Lvov’s […]

Tribute to Marillyn Tallman by Pam Cohen, former UCSJ President

A great light has gone out. None of us can or will be the same without Marillyn Tallman in this world. She left her mark on all of us. Her work for her people was unrelenting. After the Holocaust, she worked with Abe Sachar to bring in refugees from Europe on student visas…one of those […]

UCSJ Ukraine Bureau Director Promotes Jewish Cultural Preservation in Lviv, Officials Respond

Recently, officials in Lviv, Ukraine have announced that they will no longer use Jewish headstones as paving materials. In 1947, Soviet authorities built a local market using Jewish headstones as pavement for it. Meylakh Sheykhet, UCSJ’s Ukraine Bureau Director, was instrumental in lobbying for the headstones’ removal. The gravestones will be transferred to the only remaining […]

Remembering the Refusenik Movement

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN (CNN) – Driven by desperation, Marina and Lev Furman stepped out of their home in Leningrad and took a 20-minute walk into uncertainty. Trailed by KGB agents, they bundled up and set out in the weak winter light for Palace Square, site of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. They brought signs demanding freedom. And […]