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  Roz Garber
  Activist on Behalf of Soviet Jews
  Boston WWD Event 2000
  Born in 1950
  Traveled to Soviet Union in 1975 to meet with Refuseniks and educated the American Jewish community about conditions for Soviet Jews
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Roz Garber was born in 1950 and raised in Toronto. Her family was active in the Reform movement, and as a young adult, Garber was a leader in the Reform temple youth group, receiving scholarships to attend UAHC summer camps in the US. After earning a BA in Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, Garber left Toronto to get a Masters in Jewish Education at Brandeis. It was there that she met her husband, who was studying for a Masters in Jewish Communal Service.

Garber and her husband moved to Toronto after they graduated and worked in the Jewish community. Through this work, they became actively involved in the issue of Soviet Jewry. In 1975, they were chosen to visit the Soviet Union on a secret mission run by the Jewish Agency. During their three-week trip, they met with Refuseniks, such as Anatoly Sharansky, gave them educational materials, and shared information with them about Israel. In Kishinev, they were intercepted by the KGB, who followed them throughout the rest of their trip and prevented them from contacting more Refuseniks. Upon their return from the Soviet Union, Garber and her husband embarked on speaking tours to share their experiences and educate the American Jewish community about conditions for Jews in the Soviet Union.

Garber has continued to devote her volunteer and professional time to the Jewish community. She had worked at the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts and at Hadassah Boston. She has three daughters, who share her passion for Jewish communal service.

What She Said  up to top
I always said that Henrietta Szold was a role model, even before I was a professional here [at Hadassah], ...More 
[The trip to the Soviet Union] encouraged me as an individual to continue my work in the Jewish community. ...More 
[Because of the trip to the Soviet Union] I realized the importance of activism, the importance of if something is going wrong in another part of the world, that we can made a difference. ...More 
[The greatest challenges of the trip were] finding the Jewish people without being afraid. Even in synagogue, not knowing if the person beside me was KGB ...More 
[The most rewarding parts were] seeing the smiles of Refuseniks when we gave them materials, or when we gave them hope. ...More 
One way to get involved is to join with local Jewish organizations that are fighting for causes. ...More 
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How to Cite This Page
For a bibliography: Jewish Women's Archive. "JWA - Women Who Dared - Biography Roz Garber." <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/bio.jsp?personID=prgarber>.

For a footnote: Jewish Women's Archive, "JWA - Women Who Dared - Biography Roz Garber," <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/bio.jsp?personID=prgarber>.