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Glenn Richter

Guest Speaker

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    Leading Activist in U.S. Campaign for Soviet Jewry

    Full Biography

    Glenn Richter graduated in 1966 from Queens College with a BA in political science.  He was involved in the American civil rights movement as a New York volunteer in SNCC, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.  He was among the founders in 1964 of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, which was the first grassroots movement for the liberation of Jews from the USSR.  He was the group's national coordinator from 1964 through 1991, when the Soviet Union officially disbanded.

    Beginning in 1974, Glenn was able to travel to the USSR to meet with "refuseniks," Jews denied emigration to Israel.  He networked closely with fellow student and adult Soviet Jewry activists across the US and Canada, in Europe and Israel, and often met in Israel with former refuseniks and Prisoners for Zion or families or those still trapped in the USSR. 

    Glenn planned and led hundreds of demonstrations at Soviet offices and appearances by Russian groups in the US.  He is the author or editor of numerous booklets and news releases detailing the plight of Soviet Jews and what could be done to aid them.  

    Since the fall of the USSR, Glenn has been involved in archiving the work of the Soviet Jewry movement.