The Power of the Individual – a lesson for Purim

 Introduction In this lesson, students will learn about Avital Sharansky, and will compare her story to the events of the Purim story.  Learning Objectives Students will understand the power that one individual can have in creating change and the...

Read & discuss: Kidnapped As A Teenager By The KGB

 Introduction For nearly two decades The Jewish Press publicized the cause of Marina Tiemkin of Moscow. She had been kidnapped as a teenager by the KGB at her mother’s instigation in 1973 after she declared her intention to leave for Israel with her father,...

Introduction to The Soviet Jewry Struggle for Freedom

 Before starting to teach about the Soviet Jewry Struggle, we recommend you give this short introduction:  The Soviet Union was one of the two superpowers in the world (along with the United States), but this power did not last and disbanded in 1991, only...

Calculated Discussion: Permission to leave paradise

 Introduction With a rare combination of basic mathematics and history, we will explain the USSR’s line of thought regarding the exit of citizens from its borders, the diploma tax they gave to strengthen the exit restriction, and the Jackson-Vanik...
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