The day-to-day struggles of the Refuseniks, Prisoners of Zion, and in fact, the Soviet Jewish community is an opportunity to teach about personal heroism, the importance of activism, Jewish identity, Jewish practice, Jewish values, and Jewish solidarity.
In parallel, the commitment and efforts of the Jewish students, activists, and communities in Western countries provide the same opportunity.
The two go hand in hand.
Additionally, we believe that there is purpose in sharing that among and across the Refusenik and activist communities there were a range of values and strategies. Disagreements happened, compromise was not always possible, and each side held tightly to their positions because they believed it would be the most impactful.
Most importantly, educate the younger generation. Teach them that all Jews are responsible for one another and that every individual can make a difference. We hope you will inspire them with this very important period of our history.
Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov, Co-director
Anat is an Israeli filmmaker and daughter of Prisoners of Zion Sylva Zalmanson and Edward Kuznetsov. She studied filmmaking at the London Film School in London England.
Anat’s critically acclaimed award winning documentary film, Operation Wedding (2016), was about her parents escape attempt from the Soviet Union, an event that kickstarted the Soviet Jewry movement in the 70’s, also known as the Dymshits–Kuznetsov hijacking affair.
Chana German, Co-Director
Chana German is Executive Director of The Lookstein Center at Bar-Ilan University. She has worked in Jewish education for two decades, leading educational technology projects, including curriculum development and online professional development and founded Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy in 2014. Chana is passionate about using history to teach about Jewish peoplehood and Jewish values.
Chevi Rubin, Communications
Daphna Ansel, Curriculum Development
Dee Mack, Operations
Hyim Brandes, Technology
Rebecca Spiewak, Administrative Assistant
Rivky Krestt, Curriculum Development
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.
Frank Brodsky ● Gary Charlestein ● Wendy Eisen ● Nativ ● Glenn Richter ● Adele and Joel Sandberg ● Jewish LearningWorks ● Morey Schapira ● Peter Wexler ● Sandra Spinner ● Pam & Leonard Cohen ● Barbara Stern ● June and Ron Daniels ● Sheri and Paul Robbins ● Union of Councils for Jews in the former Soviet Union (UCSJ) ● Enid Wurtman
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