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Soviet Jewry

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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Galina Nizhnikov Veremkroit, January 12, 2003

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Activist and writer Galina Nizhnikov Veremkroit on January 12, 2003.

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Activist and writer Galina Nizhnikov Veremkroit on January 12, 2003.

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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

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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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Ruth Emmerman Peizer

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Ruth Emmerman Peizer was an expert and teacher of Yiddish literature.
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Interview: Vlada Bilyak on young, Soviet identity in the US

I spend a lot of time thinking about Jewish identity: what it means to be Jewish, what kinds of obligations I have because I identify as a Jew (if any), and what kinds of factors moderate or mediate the ways in which Jewishness and Judaism can be understood. Because of this, I really enjoyed watching Vlada Bilyak’s documentary about Jewish identity for young people from the former Soviet Union.

Donna E. Arzt, 1954 - 2008

Recalling her undergraduate career at Barnard College, where she studied anthropology with the great anti-racist scholar Franz Boas, Margaret Mead remembered vigorous arguments over "whether or not Jews had a 'chromosome' for social justice." Mead never met Donna Arzt. But in her a genetic disposition to the appeal of tikkun olam was evident, in the course of a life devoted to deploying the law in behalf of progressive causes of special concern to the Jewish people.

Alla Denisenko, 1952 - 2008

Alla Denisenko was born on January 28, 1952, in Omsk, a Siberian town in the Soviet Union. When she was eight years old, the family moved to Ryazan, Central Russia. In Ryazan, Alla went to school and met the love of her life, her future husband Sergey. After finishing high school, Alla entered Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, English Department and upon graduation started working as a teacher of English at a high school in Moscow. In 1974 Alla and Sergey got married.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Soviet Jewry." (Viewed on May 6, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/soviet-jewry>.

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