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As we approach the 25th anniversary of the March on Washington, an unprecedented display of solidarity for Soviet Jewry, join us for
Unbroken Spirit: A Heroic Story of Faith, Courage, and Survival
An evening with Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich
Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 7:00pm
“Yosef Mendelevich is a true hero of one of the most successful human rights struggles in history: the rescue of Soviet refuseniks and Prisoners of Zion from an antisemitic captivity . . . This remarkable memoir must be read by all who love freedom and cherish the right to practice their religion.” -Alan Dershwitz, Harvard University
At age twenty-two, after his attempts to receive an exit visa were repeatedly refused Yosef Mendelevich participated in an attempt to hijack a plane to the West – an act designed to raise awareness about the desperate plight of Soviet Jews. He was arrested and sentenced to twelve years in the Soviet gulag. This struggle opened the first cracks in the Iron Curtain and eventually brought about the mass exodus of Soviet Jewry. His book is the story of one man’s resistance against tyranny, and his daily struggle to retain his faith and his humanity in a system built to extinguish both. Unbroken
Spirit is a testament to the strength of the human soul and an inspiration to us all.
Yosef Mendelevich was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1947. Since his release in 1981, he has lived in Israel, where he received his rabbinic ordination and a master’s degree in Jewish history, and today teaches at Jerusalem’s Machon Meir Yeshiva.
A booksigning will follow the program.
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