Lesson of the Month
* Decmber 2020 will mark 50 years since the 1st Leningrad Trial “Operation Wedding”
FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION – OPERATION WEDDING DOCUMENTARY
Can be viewed & taught ONLINE
The 2016 award winning 62 minutes long documentary “Operation Wedding” tells the personal story of the Filmmaker’s parents, Sylva and Edward, leading characters of a group that in 1970 tried to escape the USSR to Israel by hijacking an empty plane.
This event was the first effective act that kickstartred the Soviet Jewry Movement and cracked open the Iron Curtain for approximately 300,000 Soviets Jews in the 70’s
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) ●