Lesson of the Month
Need for a Jewish State – Rosh Hashana
Can be taught ONLINE
The Soviet Union forbade any unique religious ritual from 1917 onward. By the time the state of Israel was declared in 1948, the USSR thought that no one would feel a connection to the Jewish State because their ability to practice Judaism had been suppressed for so long. But, when Golda Meir, the first Israeli envoy and minister to the USSR, arrived on Rosh Hashanah, something unexpected happened.
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The Story Of the Refusenik Project
The Lookstein Center is continuously looking for educators, projects, and ideas to support, enhance, and disrupt the Jewish educational ecosystem. When we met Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov, a renowned Israeli filmmaker dedicating her life to sharing the story of her parents and the population of Soviet Jews, an obvious partnership was born.
The story of Soviet Jewry is one of Jewish solidarity,
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
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.
June & Ron Daniels ● Peter Wexler ● Bob Gordon ● Adele & Joel Sandberg ● Nativ Jewish LearningWorks ● Morey Schapira ● Glenn Richter ● Sandra Spinner ● Pam & Leonard Cohen ● Gary Charlestein ● Barbara Stern ● Sheri & Paul Robbins ● Wendy Eisen ● Frank Brodsky ● Enid Wurtman ● Union of Councils for Jews in the former Soviet Union (UCSJ) ●