“Lou” Rosenblum

Louis “Lou” Rosenblum, right, a pioneer in the Soviet Jewry Movement, with Natan Sharansky in 2010. The pair met around 1974 during Rosenblum’s visit to the Soviet Union. 

A memorial event for Louis Rosenblum, a pioneer in the movement for freedom of emigration for the Jews of the Soviet Union, will be at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Beth Israel-The West Temple, 14308 Triskett Road in Cleveland.

Rosenblum was a founder of the Cleveland Council on Soviet Anti-Semitism, one of the first organizations to advocate for the freedom of Soviet Jews. His tactics were later adopted by the worldwide movement. He was also a research scientist and technical manager for 30 years at the NASA Glenn Research Center. In 1954, he also helped found Beth Israel-The West Temple. His activism in the Soviet Jewry movement also led to him becoming the founding president of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews.

Speakers at the event include Rabbi Enid Lader of Beth Israel-The West Temple; Zev Yaroslavsky, a former Los Angeles County supervisor and former colleague of Rosenblum in the Soviet Jewry movement; Eti Ganin, a Cleveland native who was an activist and refusenik in the Soviet Union; and Arnon Chait, a colleague of Rosenblum’s at NASA Glenn Research Center. Three of his children, Miriam Rosenblum, Diane Rosenblum and Daniel Rosenblum will also speak.

The event is open to the public, and will be live streamed at thewesttemple.com.

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