Congregations & Organizations

Luther Place Memorial Church
(Washington, DC)


Reverend John Steinbruck


  • Adopted Prisoner of Conscience (PoC): Peytor Pinkosov (1975-76), Mikhail Stern ( 1977), Anatoly Sharansky (1977, 1979, 1980), Izrail Zalmanson (1977), Valery Kukuy
  • Daily Vigil attendance: Reverend Steinbruck attended regularly; members of the congregation attended on Jewish holidays. 
  • Sign of support in front of church
  • Brought Easter flowers from church to embassy to be forwarded to PoCs
  • Prayer vigil of thanksgiving and intercession at the embassy after Easter services, 1977
  • With help from a Russian speaker, attempted to call PoCs in prison camps
  • Mailed letters and cards on Jewish holidays to refuseniks
Reverend Steinbruck and congregants

Reverend Steinbruck and congregants with Dr. Mikhail Stern, their Prisoner of Conscience, in front of church, 1976.

JHSGW Collections.