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January 18, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
This presentation will cover:
- A retrospective look at Refusenik Life in the former Soviet Union.
- An encounter with the KGB following the Soviet downing of a Korean passenger airplane that strayed into Soviet airspace.
- Soviet Jewry—destination America? A personal dilemma.
- An absorption center for Soviet Jews in Erfurt Germany.
- The publishing of the Diary of Anne Frank in Lithuania.
- Advocacy lessons learned and how we can apply to worldwide Jewish concern.
Presented by: Jacques Lurie, Executive and Education Director of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim
Jacques Lurie currently works as the Executive Director at Congregations of Shaare Shamayim in Philadelphia. Jacques has a Master’s degree in Computer Science and owned and operated a computer consulting business before following his ongoing passion stemming from his volunteer work to serve the Jewish Community. His passion eventually enticed him to a career change and now serves as the Executive and Education Director of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim.
He has served in many positions in numerous organizations locally, nationally, and internationally ranging from a position on the Philadelphia School Board, the local Soviet Jewry Council to the International Soviet Jewry Chairman for B’nai B’rith.
He has traveled numerous times to the Soviet Union including an encounter with the KGB. Then later helping form the first B’nai B’rith lodge in Moscow followed by numerous Jewish camps.
An ongoing passion has been to educate later generations about the struggle of Soviet Jews as it relates to today’s Jewish Community and it’s lessons learned concerning advocacy.
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