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Jerry Goodman

JERRY GOODMAN, was the founding executive director of the NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOVIET JEWRY, a national agency established to coordinate the grassroots efforts of American Jews on behalf of refuseniks. He co-established the organization in 1971 and directed it until 1988. Goodman acted as a consultant to the U.S. Congress in creating the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and helped the passing of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment, a 1974 provision in United States federal law intended to restrict U.S. trade relations with USSR. He was one of the coordinators of THE 1987 FREEDOM SUNDAY FOR SOVIET JEWS, the largest human rights national manifestation for Soviet Jews in the history of the Soviet Jewry movement.