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  • Remembering Vladimir Slepak, a Heroic Refusenik

    April 24, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    One of the most important figures in the Soviet Jewry movement has died. Vladimir Slepak, one of the earliest refuseniks and one of the last to be given permission to leave for Israel, died quietly in New York on Thursday. He will be buried in Jerusalem on Monday. 

    In the...

  • A rodent flight

    March 12, 2015 | 3:47 pm

    We flew what the 1989 Soviet press branded a rodent flight. “Rats run for their lives when the ship is sinking,” the newspapers mused, “much like those of our citizens who have decided to abandon the Motherland when the country is going through difficult times.” The difficult times...

  • Czech photographer’s work is peaceful political protest

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 30, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    Josef Koudelka’s striking photographs in the exhibition “Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful” at the Getty Museum include images of the Roma (Gypsy) communities, the 1968 Russian invasion of Prague, panoramic views of devastated environments and ravaged landscapes, and Israel’s...

  • Shedding light on World War II’s Red Army Soviet Jews

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 11, 2014 | 9:48 am

    At the University of Southern California (USC), in the lobby of the Doheny Library, a giant story of Jewish history has been writ large in a small exhibition titled “Lives of the Great Patriotic War: The Untold Story of Soviet Jewish Soldiers in the Red Army during WWII.” On...

  • Can Natan Sharansky fix the Western Wall?

    January 7, 2013 | 11:42 am

    He brought unprecedented attention to the plight of Soviet Jewry. He stood up to the KGB. He survived nine years in Siberia. He served in Israel’s fractious government.

    Now, Natan Sharansky is facing his next challenge: finding a solution to the growing battle over women’s prayer...

  • December 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 6, 2012 | 1:01 am


    Egypt's Struggle for Power

    Marina Ottaway tells the Council on Foreign Relations that compromise is still elusive in the secularist-Islamist battle for control of Egypt. 

    There is a real struggle for power in Egypt right now between the Islamist forces, mostly...

  • What Does Conversion Really Mean?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 18, 2012 | 3:10 pm

    In a joint e-mail exchange, Daniel Gordis, president of the Shalem Foundation and senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, and Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, discuss Jewish conversion and their new book, “Pledges of...

  • March 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 12, 2012 | 3:53 am

    Iran-Israel History Suggests a Different Future

    Writing for Bloomberg, Pankaj Mishra looks at the shifting ties between Iran, the U.S. and Israel, and what it could mean in the future.

    Any rapprochement between Iran and the U.S. will have to acknowledge Iran’s centrality in its...

  • Mayor Zev Yaroslavsky?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 17, 2011 | 10:41 am

    In an article that hit the Forward website today, Rex Weiner asks Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky the question that’s on many peoples’ minds: Will Yaroslavsky run for mayor of Los Angeles in 2013?

    “I’ve been asked by many people,” Yaroslavsky said, speaking...

  • Kennedy seen as giant on domestic issues, Soviet Jewry

    August 26, 2009 | 1:26 pm

    U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) is being remembered in the Jewish community for his huge impact on domestic issues such as education and health care, but also as a giant in the Soviet Jewry movement.

    Kennedy “was one of the earliest, strongest champions on behalf of Soviet...

  • Soviet Jewry movement marks two milestones

    By Ed Robin

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Chanukah celebrates the triumph of our forefathers who sought religious freedom. To commemorate the holiday, President Bush hosted Jews from around the world who had

    experienced religious persecution, including several former refuseniks, to celebrate religious freedom. The following...