As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

Message from Alexander Smukler

President

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

We constituted the best-educated generation in Soviet history. Our backgrounds in science and technology made us welcome in Silicon Valley and in Israel, where we played a critical role in the development of an advanced technology sector. Our impact has also been felt in business and the arts. Our skills have given us an advantage in international trade, and singers, musicians, and artists with Russian Jewish names and have become familiar across America, Israel, and around the world.

 

The contributions of Russian Jews to their adopted countries, especially in science and technology, constitute a significant loss for Russia. The years spent nurturing and educating a generation is a national investment dissipated when millions emigrate. Imagine if Sergey Brin had not come to America with his parents in 1979, might Google have been created in Russia? I don’t think so but we can never know.

 

This year, following the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union, we have completed the English translation of Yuli Kosharovsky’s monumental We Are Jews Again (Syracuse University Press, 2017). Yuli Kosharovsky was one of the leading figures of the dissident Soviet Jewry movement, and my friend and mentor. Edited in English by Ann Komaromi and condensed into one volume from the four volume original, Kosharovsky recounts the stirring story of thousands who came together to form a movement for our freedom to be Jewish.

 

Yuli Kosharovsky’s book will be available at the June 7th event, and if Yuli had not died tragically three years ago, I am sure he would be on a plane to join me in New York on June 7th. It is an important occasion. Not only will we honor three past chairmen — Ed Robin, Richard Stone and Steve Greenberg — whose vision has made NCSEJ critical for the future of Jewish life in twenty-five countries, but we will also celebrate our history. We will remember our cause, our heroes, and our victory in the geopolitical struggle of the Cold War. We will freely affirm “We are Jews again,” against all odds.

 

We can celebrate the role of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, NCSJ, during those critical decades of struggle and also look to the future. I am proud to be the President of NCSEJ. I know that my friend Yuli looks over my shoulder and urges me onward to promote and protect Jewish communal life throughout the region once controlled by the Soviet empire, to support Israel, and to combat anti-Semitism in whatever form or place it occurs. 

 

DEAR FRIENDS,

 

Three months after I immigrated to the United States, the Soviet Union came to an end. Growing up in the Soviet Union I could not imagine that I would become an American citizen or that the USSR would cease to exist. I was not alone. Four hundred fifty thousand Russian Jews immigrated to the USA and more than a million went to Israel.