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"My heart is in the east, and I in the uttermost west." — Yehudah Ha-Levi

Russian Refuseniks: Let my people know!

Posted by Oyster on November 2, 2009


Date: November 5, 2009
Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Show map
Albert & Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
Oshman Family JCC Campus
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Contact: Boris Vladimirsky, Performing Arts Manager
Phone: 650-223-8609
Email: bvladimirsky@paloaltojcc.org

On November 5, 2009 we will pay tribute to the Jews from the former Soviet Union
who rose above fear and challenged an oppressive regime to demand basic human rights and to the Americans who supported them in their quest for freedom

Refuseniks risked everything in their quest to live as Jews in a free country. As soon as they submitted applications for exit visas to emigrate from the USSR they were treated as traitors, dismissed from their jobs and harassed by neighbors and relatives.

Their children were ridiculed and bullied at school. Refuseniks who organized protests and taught each other Hebrew and Judaism were arrested and often sentenced to long terms at hard labor in the Gulag. Nevertheless Refuseniks refused to give up even if their time in refusal would last as long as twenty years.

Read the story of a former Refusenik and prisoner of Zion.



November 5, 2009


6:30 PM – 9:30 PM


Schultz Cultural Arts Hall


$25 General Admission,
$20 Members of the OFJCC


View Program

Seats are limited!
Reserve yours today and be a part of Jewish History!

All wine/food is Glatt Kosher, catered by YES Catering.



The grassroots activists who formed the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jewry, and their colleagues throughout the USA in the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews, started out as amateurs.

They quickly became experts, however, through their passion to save Soviet Jews, working day and night, quickly mastering the arts of organization-building, fund raising, influencing political leaders, and publicizing their campaigns through the media. For over two decades they challenged a totalitarian superpower – one Refusenik and one prisoner at a time.

Read the story of a woman who escaped from violent anti-Semitism, became an American and creatively helped the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews achieve great success.

Read her Story


Oshman Family Jewish Community Center

Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra-Costa Counties


Co-sponsored by:
Congregation Beth Am
Congregation Etz Chayim
Congregation Kol Emeth
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.
Jewish Study Network
Peninsula Jewish Community Center
Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School
Bureau of Jewish Education of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties
Congregation Keddem

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