|Cleveland and the Freeing of Soviet Jewry|
In the course of planning for the May 15,
2016 program on A 20th Century Exodus, Federation was
asked if such a report was available. One had been written
in 2013 by Rachel Davidson, a Clevelander who was then a
Federation intern. With the permission of
Federation and of the author, we are pleased to web-publish
Rachel Davidson writes:
"I wrote this report while I was a summer intern at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, when I was a college student studying Psychology at Oberlin College. I was asked to write a report on the lives of Jews in Cleveland who immigrated from the Former Soviet Union, and I found that there was little research done on their lives after coming to the United States.
This report drew heavily on documents found at the Western Reserve Historical Society, but also drew on interviews I conducted with eight Cleveland Jews who came from the FSU.
While I am proud of this report, there is certainly more research to be done, and I cannot claim in any way to be an expert in this story. I welcome any comments or corrections, and I am happy to help anyone who wants to continue this research."