Contributor Archives: David Waksberg

About David Waksberg

David Waksberg is the executive director of the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco. He formerly was the director of the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews and vice president of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. David sits on Ameinu’s Policy and Advocacy Committee.

The Power of Peoplehood: The Soviet Jewish Journey

These remarks were delivered at a recent conference held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s collapse. When I was 13 years old, a group of people tried to steal an airplane in a desperate attempt to escape the USSR and call international attention to the plight of Soviet Jews. They failed in their first objective and succeeded in their 2nd one. Until the Leningrad trials, the only thing I knew about Jews from Eastern Europe were the faces in the family photos on my …

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