Shoshana S. Cardin’s persistent negotiation with world leaders helped ensure the release of Russian refuseniks from the Soviet Union and helped secure resources for them to build new lives after emigrating. In 1984, Cardin became the first woman president of the Council of Jewish Federations, where she helped unify opposition to proposed restrictions to Israel’s Law of Return, meeting countless times with Yitzhak Shamir and Shimon Peres. She served as chair of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, heading a delegation to meet with Soviet leaders, including the head of the emigration office, which led to the loosening of restrictions on Jewish emigration. As the first woman head of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, she lobbied the American government in 1991 to guarantee loans Israel needed to fund resettlement of hundreds of thousands of Jews from the Soviet Union. Cardin continued her leadership role as chair of United Jewish Appeal, vice president of the Jewish National Fund, and president of the Jewish Telegraphic agency, among many others. She has been honored with the National Zionist Organization of America’s Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award and Hadassah’s Henrietta Szold Humanitarian Award.
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