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Soviet Jewry

Pamela Cohen

Called “the general of a fighting army” by jailed dissident Natan Sharansky, Pamela Cohen rescued countless refuseniks from Soviet Russia with her grassroots efforts.

Pamela Cohen, 1997

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Pamela Braun Cohen receiving a Doctor of Human Letters Degree honoris causa, Sunday, September 21, 1997 from Spertus Institute of Jewish Study, Chicago.

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Pamela Braun Cohen receiving a Doctor of Human Letters Degree honoris causa, Sunday, September 21, 1997 from Spertus Institute of Jewish Study, Chicago.

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Ruth Emmerman Peizer

Ruth Peizer’s love affair with Yiddish began when her parents, Riva and Abraham Immerman, sent their only child to Chicago’s Arbeiter Ring [Workmen’s Circle] school at age nine, and then to the Sholem Aleichem Institute where she graduated valedictorian at age 18. Since moving to (West) Seattle in 1949, Ruth has become Seattle’s preeminent Yiddish instructor, teaching at the University of Washington in the 1980s and through the Jewish Federation today. Ruth’s knowledge of Yiddish has impacted her entire life through Yiddish culture including her adoration of Yiddish theatre, literature and music. Yiddish has also opened many doors all over the world for Ruth and her husband, Dr. Samuel Peizer, from her sponsorship of Russian refusniks seeking asylum in Seattle to her sending humanitarian aid to the Baltics since 1992.

Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor is born

February 18, 1980

Regina Spektor gets "lost in the sounds."

Shannie Goldstein

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Shannie Goldstein connected with the refusenik community through music. She is pictured here with items from Russia.

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Shannie Goldstein connected with the refusenik community through music. She is pictured here with items from Russia.

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Roz Garber, 2000

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Activist Roz Garber, July, 2000.

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Activist Roz Garber, July, 2000.

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Ruth Emmerman Peizer

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Ruth Emmerman Peizer was an expert and teacher of Yiddish literature.
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Ruth Emmerman Peizer was an expert and teacher of Yiddish literature.
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Ruth Emmerman Peizer

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Ruth Emmerman Peizer was an expert and teacher of Yiddish literature.
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Shoshana Shoubin Cardin

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Shoshana Shoubin Cardin, Zionist and noted leader in many national Jewish organizations.
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Shoshana Shoubin Cardin, Zionist and noted leader in many national Jewish organizations.

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Ruth Emmerman Peizer

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Ruth Emmerman Peizer was an expert and teacher of Yiddish literature.
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Ruth Emmerman Peizer was an expert and teacher of Yiddish literature.
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