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Union of Councils for Soviet Jews

 Organization

In 1970, thirty-three independent groups in the U.S. joined together to form the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. It was the "adult" organization allied with the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry which was formed in 1964. The Union created massive lists of Refuseniks and political prisoners in the Soviet Union (Prisoners of Conscience)." The Union set up action committees in cities across the U.S. and began the "Adopt a Prisoner" program. The Colorado Action Committee "adopted" a number of Prisoners of Conscience. Lillian Hoffman was the first in Colorado Committee to talk by telephone to one of the adopted prisoners.

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Action Central , 1968-1978

 File
Identifier: B093.01.0005.0014
Overview Miscellaneous materials related to Action Central, part of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews.
Dates: 1968-1978

Action Committee in Soviet Jewry, 1968-1978

 File
Identifier: B093.01.0001.0001
Overview Contains news Bulletin on Soviet Jewry": newspaper articles regarding the Action Committee in Soviet Jewry. Union of Councils for Soviet Jews created massive lists of Refuseniks and political prisoners in the Soviet Union (Prisoners of Conscience)." The Union set up action committees in cities across the U.S. and began the "Adopt a Prisoner" program.
Dates: 1968-1978

Adopt a Prisoner, 1968-1978

 File
Identifier: B093.01.0005.0005
Overview Information on particular groups or classes of prisoners and dissenters. The Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. The Union created massive lists of Refuseniks and political prisoners in the Soviet Union (Prisoners of Conscience)." The Union set up action committees in cities across the U.S. and began the "Adopt a Prisoner" program. The Colorado Committee was a member of the Union of Councils.
Dates: 1968-1978

Box 1, 1968-1978

 File — Box: B093.01.0001
Identifier: B093.01.0001
Overview (31) file folders include: Action Committee of Newcomers from Soviet Union; Anti-defamation League; Bay area council; Jews in the USSR; Multiple committee papers. The Union of Councils for Soviet Jews created massive lists of Refuseniks and political prisoners in the Soviet Union (Prisoners of Conscience)." The Union and set up action committees in cities across the U.S. and began the "Adopt a Prisoner" program.
Dates: 1968-1978

Box 5, 1968-1978

 File — Box: B093.01.0005
Identifier: B093.01.0005
Overview (36) file folders include: Prisoners of Conscience; Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry; Congressional reports and legislation; General correspondence; Newspaper clippings. The Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. The Union created massive lists of Refuseniks and political prisoners in the Soviet Union (Prisoners of Conscience)." The Union set up action committees in cities across the U.S. and began the "Adopt a Prisoner" program. The Colorado Committee was a member of the Union of Councils.
Dates: 1968-1978

Colorado Committee of Concern for Soviet Jewry Records

 Collection
Identifier: B093
Overview Soviet Jews who wanted to emigrate from the Soviet Union were known as "Refuseniks." American Jewish students formed the Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) in 1964 and the American Jewish Committee on Soviet Jewry (AJCSI) was also organized that year. Rabbi Samuel Adelman, rabbi of the BMH synagogue, spoke at Temple Emanuel and urged the liberal congregation to help Soviet Jews. Rabbi Raymond Zwerin, Sheldon Steinhauser, and Lillian Hoffman formed what became the Colorado Committee of Concern for...
Dates: 1929-1996; Majority of material found within 1968-1978

Lists of People, 1968-1978

 File
Identifier: B093.01.0005.0004
Overview Information on particular groups or classes of prisoners and dissenters. The Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. The Union created massive lists of Refuseniks and political prisoners in the Soviet Union (Prisoners of Conscience)." The Union set up action committees in cities across the U.S. and began the "Adopt a Prisoner" program. The Colorado Committee was a member of the Union of Councils.
Dates: 1968-1978

Partners of Conscience - Lists, 1973

 File
Identifier: B093.01.0005.0002
Overview Information on particular groups or classes of prisoners and dissenters. The Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. The Union created massive lists of Refuseniks and political prisoners in the Soviet Union (Prisoners of Conscience)." The Union set up action committees in cities across the U.S. and began the "Adopt a Prisoner" program. The Colorado Committee was a member of the Union of Councils.
Dates: 1973

Partners of Conscience - Lists, 1974

 File
Identifier: B093.01.0005.0003
Scope and Contents From the Collection: Most of the records consist of letters, educational materials, bulletins and published newspaper accounts of activities by world-wide, national and local groups on behalf of Soviet Jews. Rhoda Friedman collected most of this material. The Records also have scrapbooks about Lillian Hoffman.
Dates: 1974

Records, 1968-1978

 Series
Identifier: B093.01
Scope and Contents From the Collection: Most of the records consist of letters, educational materials, bulletins and published newspaper accounts of activities by world-wide, national and local groups on behalf of Soviet Jews. Rhoda Friedman collected most of this material. The Records also have scrapbooks about Lillian Hoffman.
Dates: 1968-1978