Bert Silver served as Social Action chair for B’nai Israel Congregation in the early 1970s and then for the Seaboard Region of United Synagogue of America (now United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism) in the mid-1970s. He was also on the board of the Washington Committee for Soviet Jewry and in 1980 was elected president of the Jewish Community Council. That same year, he traveled to visit refuseniks in the Soviet Union, and in 1990 he met with many of the same refuseniks in Israel. In 1983, he was part of the Jewish Community Council’s delegation to the Third World Conference on Soviet Jewry.
Listen to Bert Silver’s oral history from the Soviet Jewry Archival Collection.