Collection: Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry

The members of Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry worked for the release of Soviet Jewish “Refusniks” during the 1980s and 1990s, and then helped immigrants resettle in Boulder. This collection includes interviews with Soviet Jewish immigrants and BASJ members, including organizers, board members, host families, volunteer coordinators, and ESL tutors.

Cohen, William M. – OH0594
Interview Date: 1992

DESCRIPTION William Cohen, born in New York City in 1940, is a retired attorney, law professor, and one of the founders of a non-profit agency, Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ). In this interview, recorded in 1992, Cohen describes his … Continue reading

Cohen, William M. Cohen – OH1648
Interview Date: 2010

A wide-ranging interview with Bill Cohen covering the founding and history of Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ) in 1987 and, later, the Center for Human Rights. He talks about increasing anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union and how human rights … Continue reading

Datkhaev, Roben – OH1719
Interview Date: 2011

Dr. Roben Datkhaev emigrated from Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to Boulder in 1992, along with his family. He describes growing up in the Jewish community in Dushanbe, his education and his many years as a surgeon and chief medical director of a … Continue reading

Elks Club Exalted Rulers – OH1609
Interview Date: 2009

Bob Kayne, John Heard, and Jim Luckow are all past Exalted Rulers of the Boulder Elks Club. In this interview they explain the history of the Elks fraternal order nationally and locally; detail the mission, organization, and charitable and social … Continue reading

Fridman, Mikhail – OH1682
Interview Date: 2010

Mikhail Fridman emigrated from the Soviet Union to Boulder in 1992. In this interview he talks about government discrimination against Jewish people in the Soviet Union and the process of emigration. He compares life in Boulder to life in the … Continue reading

Goldberg, Sara B. – OH1689
Interview Date: 2010

Sara Goldberg, volunteer coordinator for Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ), talks about how upwards of 125 volunteers at a time, filling many different roles, were vital in carrying out the BASJ project; how they were recruited, trained, and matched … Continue reading

Gould, Barbara – OH1667
Interview Date: 2010

Barbara Gould, the first Resettlement and Volunteer Coordinator for Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ), recalls her experiences in this project, which brought Jews from the former Soviet Union to Boulder. She discusses how BASJ met the challenges consequent to … Continue reading

Hey, Mary L. – OH1703
Interview Date: 2011

Mary Hey, one of the founders and the former president of the Boulder Sister Cities Program, talks about the mission of the program – to foster greater understanding between American and Soviet people – and the many years of effort … Continue reading

Hoegh, Janis – OH1822
Interview Date: 2012

Jan Hoegh worked with the group Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ), helping resettle immigrants from the former Soviet Union, mainly from Tajikistan, to Boulder. She helped to gather furniture for apartments for the immigrants, picked them up at the … Continue reading

Ito, Mimi Moskovit – OH1686
Interview Date: 2010

Mimi Ito worked as an English as a Second Language (ESL) trainer of volunteer tutors for Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ). She recalls her experiences in this position, also discussing the role of her late mother, Harriet Moskovit, who … Continue reading

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