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Effective, Not Petulant

Effective, Not Petulant

The otherwise laudable discussion of events marking the publication of Gal Beckerman’s new book on the Soviet Jewry movement, “When They Come For Us We’ll Be Gone” (The Buzz, Oct. 8), is marred by describing the late Lynn Singer as “a petulant Soviet housewife.” Neither! 
Lynn was the enormously effective, long-term chairwoman of the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry. Far from petulant (which means rude or ill-tempered), she was the much-beloved Yiddishe mama of the movement who won the affection of  refuseniks and Prisoners of Conscience across the USSR.


Note: The description in question is a paraphrase from Beckerman’s book.

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