In Conversation: Remembering Refuseniks

Remembering the Refuseniks: Helping Jews Behind the Iron Curtain

Starting in 1970, a total of 1.5 million Jews left the Soviet Union, closing the door on a history of persecution that bridged the czarist and Communist regimes. But the process was not easy. Grassroots efforts outside the Soviet Union eventually led to a more organized approach with varying degrees of success until the late 1980s, when Gorbachev visited the United States and the floodgates finally opened for Jews to leave. Join us to hear how local heroes helped Soviet Jews when Vanderbilt Professor Shaul Kelner will discuss the topic and his research and moderate a conversation with Alan Graber, Mark Kaplan & Irma Kaplan who went behind the iron curtain to help Jewish “Refuseniks.”

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 | 7pm | MEMBERS FREE | NON-MEMBERS $5 donation suggested


Attend our “In Conversation With…” events series. We offer concerts, lectures, creative panels, readings and workshops at no or minimal charge to encourage you to take a chance and experience something new, hear a differing viewpoint, listen to new music, all while visiting our gorgeous campus and community center. Afterwards, get the chance to talk with the writers, authors, speakers, musician, presenters to gain a deeper understanding of their work.

Although the events are free/small donation, we ask that you RSVP to help us coordinate seating.

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