Share your story! Looking for Soviet-Jewish immigrants from the 1970s

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Hi guys, I’m really excited to tell you about funding I’ve received to do an oral history project on the 1970s immigration period!! I’ll be interviewing people and posting it as part of an online exhibit on the history of the Soviet-Jewish immigration.

Here’s where you can help – I’m looking for Soviet-Jewish immigrants to interview who left the USSR in the 1970s. You might have a dramatic story, or a not-so-dramatic story – I’m interested in all experiences! I’m working out of Toronto, so I’m starting with people currently in Toronto (or the immediate vicinity), but even if you’re elsewhere in Canada and the US, I’d love to speak to you at some point.

So, if you’re a former Soviet-Jewish immigrant, or you know someone who is and would be interested – maybe your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles – please get in touch with me!

I’m also looking for people in Toronto who can help with this project – with filming and editing, and with web work. If that’s you, also get in touch!

Share Your Story!

Do you have a story to share? If you, or someone you know, emigrated from the USSR between 1967 and 1981, I want to hear from you! Please fill out the form below and I will get in touch with you.
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A huge thanks to Genesis Philanthropy Group and to the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto for their support in making this possible.

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I’ll have more updates in the coming months – stay tuned.

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  1. Marina says

    Hi Lea. My name is Marina Morgenshtern. I am a social work academic and my research scholarship has been focused n the experiences of Jews from the FSU. I remember you from the last year Limmud – we didn’t get to talk and this year was a bit too busy, so I never had a chance to get in touch. I completed a small oral history project on the experiences of Jews who left the Soviet Union in the 90ies for Israel (eventually moving to Canada) or Canada.
    Would you like to meet and talk? I would be happy to help with your project if you don’t mind.
    Shabbat Shalom, Marina