Lesson of the Month
THE DOCTORS’ PLOT AND STALIN’S DEATH ON PURIM: ANIMATION VIDEO & GUIDED DISSOCIATION
Stalin subsequently approved a plan to deport all Jews to the Far East, but his death in March 1953 prevented its implementation.
The Story Of the Refusenik Project
The story of Soviet Jewry is one of Jewish solidarity, of bravery, and of the power of individuals to effect real change. The process of igniting Jewish identity in the USSR and of liberating the population was one of the most defining and unifying events of the last 50 years for the Jewish community, and yet there are so few organized resources for teaching this period.
While researching for her film Operation Wedding, Anat witnessed first hand that Jewish solidarity can change the course of history. She found rare archives, interviewed former key KGB members, and uncovered a web of lies, rewritten facts, and political secrets. She found that the collective memory of the plight of Soviet Jews is fading and that there is little documentation.
The Lookstein Center has created a collection of lesson plans and educational activities to complement these findings, and to teach the next generation that all Jews are responsible for one another and that every single individual can make a difference.
We also opened a public call for additional educational materials. We have been overwhelmed by the responses, not only by educators, but by Soviet Jews and children of Soviet Jews wishing to share their own stories. We have curated the submissions of artifacts, photographs, first-hand accounts, videos, and resources and are excited to share this free resource with the Jewish educational community.
The creation of The Refusenik Project would not have been possible without the support, commitment, and passion of our generous donors and partners. Thank you.
The Shirley & Leonard Goldstein Supporting Foundation ● Morey Schapira ● Nativ ● June & Ron Daniels ● Peter Wexler ● Bob Gordon ● Adele & Joel Sandberg ● Jewish LearningWorks ● Glenn Richter ● Gail Raznick ● Sandra Spinner ● Pam & Leonard Cohen ● Gary Charlestein ● Wendy Eisen ● Sheri & Paul Robbins ● Frank Brodsky ● Enid Wurtman ● Union of Councils for Jews in the former Soviet Union (UCSJ)