Joan Dodek founded Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Soviet Jewry Committee in the early 1980s. She served as chair of the Washington Committee for Soviet Jewry (1983-1993) and secretary of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry (1984-1986). Dodek traveled to the Soviet Union three times and wrote, “I had traveled to the Soviet Union in 1974 as a tourist. In 1978 I traveled as a Jew.”
Listen to Joan Dodek’s oral history from the Soviet Jewry Archival Collection.