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Euro-Asian Jewish (EAJ) Policy Papers, No 16 (March 17, 2019)
Israel and the Soviet Jewry: 70 Years After the Completion of Golda Meir’s Mission to Moscow

In March 2019, we marked the 70th anniversary of the completion of the short yet very intensive mission of Golda Meir as the first Israeli envoy to Moscow. Her famous visits to Moscow Horal Synagogue, which provoked great enthusiasm from the Soviet Jewish public (and negative reactions from the Communist authorities), remain the most noted episode of Golda Meir’s activities there. However, many observers believe that, in general, her mission was a complete failure, while other historians believe the opposite.

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Research Fellow at the Cummings Institute for Russian and Eastern European Studies at Tel Aviv University, Member of the Academic Council of the IEAJS.


Expert on problems of the history of Soviet-Israeli relations and the Zionist movement in the USSR. As a career Israeli diplomat, he worked in the United States, Germany, and Eastern Europe, headed the Eurasia department of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and is currently Ambassador to Poland.