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25th Anniversary Commemoration: 1987 Freedom Sunday March

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25th Anniversary Commemoration: 1987 Freedom Sunday March

On the eve of a Gorbachev-Reagan summit, 250,000 marched in support of Soviet Jews, December 6, 1987. Among them were 50,000 from the Washington area’s Jewish community. Once gathered on the National Mall, the demonstrators listened to recently released Prisoners of Conscience, politicians, musicians, and community leaders. The rally was a pinnacle of more than 20 years of fighting for the freedoms of Soviet Jews.

The accompanying song, “Yehi Shalom,” was recorded by Robyn Helzner. While on tour in the Soviet Union in 1988, Helzner learned the song from its Soviet Jewish composers.