Posts tagged saving soviet jewry.

LET MY PEOPLE GO: A HAGGADAH
by Mark Podwal, with introduction by Theodore Bikel
New York; Darien House, 1972
Illustrated with over 50 black and white illustrations which focus on the plight of Soviet Jews. [x]

sovietjewry:

Selma Hurtwitz, Who Is The Lord That I Should Listen To His Voice?

The peoples’ frustration, anguish, and disappointment are shown, as their way is blocked by the hands of the Soviet Government proclaiming, “Who is the Lord that I should listen to His voice?”. These are the words the Pharaoh said to Moses at the time of the Exodus from Egypt. 

This is a limited-edition original silkscreen print, based on a hadbakah original. (via Who is the Lord print by Selma Hurwitz)

With such a lukewarm response from the Soviets [to observant Jews’ attempts to teach and outreach to them], tempers flared among older Brighton immigrants. […] Their resentment was openly expressed. You could hear it on the streets, on the boardwalk, in the synagogues, in the stores: “Why did we fight to bring them here? Why did they want to come here? They’re not even Jews. They don’t want to be Jews.” The Soviets irked Brighton residents for a host of reasons, but the oldtimers’ anger often took the form of a single rebuff: The newcomers were not really Jews.

Some strongly Jewish-identified members of the immigrant community tried to mediate. Alexander Sirotin formed the Jewish Union of Russian Immigrants to sponsor activities with a Jewish theme among the new arrivals. Through the 1980s he was host of “Gorizont” (Horizon), a Russian-language radio show on the Lyubavitch Hasidic radio network. The message of Sirotin and other Jewish-identified community leaders in Brighton was: Let the Soviet immigrants nourish their Jewish identities in their own ways, in their own time. As examples, he pointed to an emigre Yiddish theatre troupe and to gatherings of senior citizens at which Yiddish songs and poems were sung and recited by recent Soviet immigrants.

By contrast, many American Jewish attempts at outreach were perceived by newcomers as somehow threatening, no matter how well intentioned. Several days after he arrived from Moscow in 1974, Victor Rashkovsky awoke to find two young men whom he did not know, and who spoke no Russian, praying and nailing a mezuzah (decorated case containing a holy scoll) to his doorpost: “All I understood was that they wanted to proceed with some ritual they considered to be important.” He thought that he recognized them from a local synagogue and so he let them proceed but he had no idea what they were doing. “Only later did I learn this custom.”

Annelise Orleck, The Soviet Jewish Americans (via sovietjewry)

sovietjewry:

Let My People Go!
London, 1965-1980.

A poster by the WUJS Organization, the World Union of Jewish Students, in honor of the International Student Day of Solidarity with Soviet Jewry.

Illustration by Daniel Gilbert.

adamthebeastman:

Tree planting ceremony in support of Soviet Jews by Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest on Flickr.

(via adam-the-beastman-photography-d)

  October 30, 2011 at 01:07pm

With such a lukewarm response from the Soviets [to observant Jews’ attempts to teach and outreach to them], tempers flared among older Brighton immigrants. […] Their resentment was openly expressed. You could hear it on the streets, on the boardwalk, in the synagogues, in the stores: “Why did we fight to bring them here? Why did they want to come here? They’re not even Jews. They don’t want to be Jews.” The Soviets irked Brighton residents for a host of reasons, but the oldtimers’ anger often took the form of a single rebuff: The newcomers were not really Jews.

Some strongly Jewish-identified members of the immigrant community tried to mediate. Alexander Sirotin formed the Jewish Union of Russian Immigrants to sponsor activities with a Jewish theme among the new arrivals. Through the 1980s he was host of “Gorizont” (Horizon), a Russian-language radio show on the Lyubavitch Hasidic radio network. The message of Sirotin and other Jewish-identified community leaders in Brighton was: Let the Soviet immigrants nourish their Jewish identities in their own ways, in their own time. As examples, he pointed to an emigre Yiddish theatre troupe and to gatherings of senior citizens at which Yiddish songs and poems were sung and recited by recent Soviet immigrants.

By contrast, many American Jewish attempts at outreach were perceived by newcomers as somehow threatening, no matter how well intentioned. Several days after he arrived from Moscow in 1974, Victor Rashkovsky awoke to find two young men whom he did not know, and who spoke no Russian, praying and nailing a mezuzah (decorated case containing a holy scoll) to his doorpost: “All I understood was that they wanted to proceed with some ritual they considered to be important.” He thought that he recognized them from a local synagogue and so he let them proceed but he had no idea what they were doing. “Only later did I learn this custom.”

Annelise Orleck, The Soviet Jewish Americans
  October 10, 2011 at 04:17am

yumuseum:

Print. Who Is The Lord That I Should Listen To His Voice? Yeshiva University Museum, New York (1991.231)

Detail!

  August 30, 2011 at 12:31am via yumuseum

Selma Hurtwitz, Who Is The Lord That I Should Listen To His Voice?

The peoples’ frustration, anguish, and disappointment are shown, as their way is blocked by the hands of the Soviet Government proclaiming, “Who is the Lord that I should listen to His voice?”. These are the words the Pharaoh said to Moses at the time of the Exodus from Egypt. 

This is a limited-edition original silkscreen print, based on a hadbakah original. (via Who is the Lord print by Selma Hurwitz)

Pepsi Boycott for Soviet Jews ›

Click-through for some documents about a Pepsi boycott in support of Soviet Jewry in December, 1972. (link via Mondoweiss)

Pepsico corporation has recently signed a trade agreement with the Russian government to manufacture and sell Pepsi-Cola in the Soviet Union. In addition, Pepsico will be importing and marketing Russian alcoholic beverages in the U.S. through its Monsieur Henri Wine subsidiary.

SOVIET JEWS DENIED FREEDOM

Yet, while this is taking place, the Jews of Russia are being oppressed and are the subjects of overt discrimination. Jewish literature and art is virtually non-existant. Most synagogues have been closed, and all forms of Jewish learning and religious teaching have been outlawed.

And now, thousands of Russian Jews are being denied the freedom to emigrate from the Soviet Union, or are being forced to pay high ransom taxes to the Soviet government for exit visas.

  August 16, 2011 at 08:42pm

Let My People Go!
London, 1965-1980.

A poster by the WUJS Organization, the World Union of Jewish Students, in honor of the International Student Day of Solidarity with Soviet Jewry.

Illustration by Daniel Gilbert.

  May 13, 2011 at 03:11pm