refusenik

Definitions

  • Term for Soviet Jews who were not allowed to openly practice Judaism or emigrate from Soviet Union.

Example Sentences

  • Natan Sharansky was the leader of the Refusenik movement in Russia.

Languages of Origin

English, Russian

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

Coined in the 1970s.

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