At the this year’s General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky, former Soviet Refusenik, discussed the historical significance of the Sunday, December 6, 1987 march on Washington for Soviet Jewry. This 1987 march was the largest American Jewish demonstration in history, with over [...]
Valery Senderov, a courageous human rights activist, mathematician, teacher and writer, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at 67. Senderov has three young children, and is unable to afford the medical treatment that he needs. In the 1970′s, Senderov monitored and exposed the systematic antisemitism that pervaded the Mathematics Department of Moscow University. Talented, qualified students consistently [...]
Maxim Efimov, head of the Youth Human Rights Group of Karelia, has been granted political asylum in Estonia. As UCSJ mentioned in our Letter to President Putin on Behalf of Maxim Efimov, Efimov fled from Russia after getting charged by local prosecutors for publishing an article that compared the Orthodox Church to the largest leading political [...]
The international organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) has informed UCSJ that Tatyana Lokshina, Deputy Director of HRW Moscow office, received nine text messages (SMS) from September 28th- 30th that directly threatened her and her future child. Lokshina was the Director of the UCSJ Bureau in Moscow in the early 1990s and also has worked with [...]
Lil Hoffman was a long time member of the Board of the UCSJ. Her daughter, Sheila Bialik, convened a panel a few years ago as a tribute to her mother’s tremendous work helping Soviet Jews emigrate from the USSR. Below is an excerpt from the video she created from the panel, which was recently broadcasted [...]
The former director of the UCSJ-founded Kazakhstan International Bureau on Human Rights and Rule of Law, Eugeny Zhovtis was released today after two-and-a-half years in a labor camp. In a phone conversation with UCSJ International Director Leonid Stonov, Zhovtis expressed gratitude to President of UCSJ Larry Lerner and all who supported him during his struggle.
When and where were you born? Moscow, USSR 1931 How did you get involved with human rights in the Soviet Union? Ever since I was a child I was interested in politics, and I even wanted to study humanities in history. But before I graduated high school, my father was arrested. He was accused of [...]
“‘Lviv is known in the world not because of hotels but because of its common cultural heritage,’ said Meylakh Sheykhet, who heads Lviv’s Jewish community. Sheykhet is part of a group that filed several lawsuits to stop construction of the hotel.” http://www.kyivpost.com/news/guide/general/detail/96873/#ixzz1lLgL8x2P “Meylakh Sheykhet, Ukraine’s representative in the Union of Councils for Jews in the [...]