Between 1967 and 1991, almost half of the entire Jewish population of the Soviet Union left for freedom to Israel, the United States, and other western countries. From Exodus to Freedom: The History of the Soviet Jewry Movement tells the story of the American Jewish community's involvement in this exodus. It is the first work of its kind to explore how such a massive emigration occurred for a population virtually written-off by world Jewry as 'doomed' just two decades before.
Stuart Altshuler is an ordained rabbi and visiting professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine. He was an activist/participant in the Soviet Jewry movement as Chairman of the Rabbinic Action Committee for Soviet Jewry.
Chapter 1 The Soviet Jewry Movement in America-An Historical Perspective Chapter 2 The Soviet Jewry Movement Before 1985- Gorbachev and the Promise of a New Chapter for Soviet Jews Chapter 3 The United States Government and the Soviet Jewry Movement in America: Bush, Reagan, Congress and the Department of State Chapter 4 Tactics and Strategy of the Soviet Jewry Movement-Loud Voices or Quiet Diplomacy? .. Chapter 5 American Jewry Chooses: Aliya to Israel or Rescue to America Chapter 6 The Last Months: Emigration becomes Reality