Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews
Sunday, February 24
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education 724 N.W. Davis St., Portland, OR
"This exhibition looks at one of the civil rights victories during the 1960s: The work by activists in the U.S., the Soviet Union and Israel to allow Jews to leave the Soviet Union. This one had a distinctly religious component, as the exhibition underscores, and affected the practices of Judaism afterward." - Oregon Arts Watch
With the refrain “let my people go!,” American Jews launched one of the most successful human rights campaigns in the 20th century. Ordinary citizens took on a grassroots effort to demand freedom for Soviet Jews denied the right to speak, write, worship, work or depart the Soviet state – and all before the internet, social media or a 24-hour news cycle. Inspired by the civil rights, antiwar and feminist movements of the 1960s, students, community leaders and tens of thousands of people mobilized to free Soviet Jews. Organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History.