update deskWorld News

Thousands of letters to Evan Gershkovich pour in from 21 countries

Former Soviet dissident and Israeli politician Natan Sharansky also sent his personal greeting for the Jewish New Year.

Evan Gershkovich. Source: Twitter.
Evan Gershkovich. Source: Twitter.

More than 2,100 letters from well-wishers in 21 countries have so far sent in Rosh Hashanah messages to Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, detained in Russia since March on espionage charges, as part of Jewish Federations of North America’s letter-writing campaign launched last week.

On Thursday morning, former Soviet dissident and Israeli politician Natan Sharansky sent his personal greeting for the Jewish New Year.

“Dear Evan: Shanah Tovah! I’m sure it will be the year of your liberation. Thanks to our prayers, the Jewish solidarity, and the support of your friends and colleagues,” he wrote. “Probably, you know that Lefortovo was my alma mater. I spent a year and a half in interrogations there before the trial. It is very important while resisting the pressure to see a bigger world picture in mind and to be optimistic.”

Jewish Federations will deliver a collective letter to the imprisoned journalist through his lawyers weaving together the hopes, prayers and wishes submitted from around the globe. A booklet of all the letters will also be delivered to Gershowitz’s family.

Letters can be sent until Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time through this online form.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war. JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you. The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support? Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates