The National Conference on Soviet Jewry seeks to protect the rights of Jews living in the former Soviet Union. Founded in 1971, NCSJ played a leading role in the movement to improve the plight of Soviet Jewry during the last two decades of the Cold War. Today, the organization continues to serve as a coordinating agency for 50 national organizations and over 300 local federations committed to helping the 1.5 million Jews living in the former Soviet Union. NCSJ combats anti-Semitism and advocates for unfettered Jewish emigration from the former Soviet Union, and supports Jewish religious and communal life.
Since 1992, Mark Levin has served as executive director of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. Levin has served as a public member and public advisor of the U.S. Delegation to the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe. He helped establish the Congressional Coalition for Soviet Jews and has represented NCSJ at Democratic and Republican National Conventions for over 30 years. Levin also played a leading role in organizing the massive 1987 rally for Soviet Jewry and the 2002 National Rally for Israel. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Levin worked for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee before joining NCSJ's professional staff in 1980.