Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Soviet Jewry
The March on Washington for Soviet Jewry, December 6, 1987. Source: www.sovietjewry.org.
WASHINGTON, D.C. December 6, 2017
TO: NCSEJ Leadership and Interested Parties
FROM: Daniel Rubin, Chairman; Alexander Smukler, President; Mark B. Levin, CEO
Today, we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the March on Washington for Soviet Jewry. On a clear and sunny Sunday in 1987, over 250,000 Americans descended on Washington, DC to demand freedom for Jewish people unable to emigrate from the USSR. It was a watershed moment in the Soviet Jewry movement that led to the ultimate departure of hundreds of thousands of Jews from the Soviet Union to Israel, the United States, and other countries around the world.
To commemorate the march, NCSEJ's Board of Governors meeting on December 5 featured a special presentation from President Alexander Smukler and CEO Mark Levin about the march and what it was able to achieve for Soviet Jewry and the American Jewish community.
Founded in 1971, the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry represents the organized American Jewish community in monitoring and advocating on behalf of the estimated 1.5 million Jews in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, including the 15 successor states of the former Soviet Union.