Knesset hosts special event to mark 25 years since ‘the opening of the gates.’
The event marking 25 years since “the opening of the gates” in the former Soviet Union was attended by some 350 people, many of them former refuseniks. It featured speeches from former Prisoners of Zion, including Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and Edelstein, as well as Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin and Limmud FSU international steering committee chairman Matthew Bronfman.
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Chaim Chesler, who organized the event, took part in “Memorializing the heroic struggle of prisoners of Zion,” a fascinating panel discussion that also included Ephraim Kholmyansky, a leader of the Russian Jewish revival movement, as well as prominent refuseniks Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich and Sylva Zalmanson from the dramatic Soviet Jewry hijacking plot of 1970 known as The First Leningrad Trial.
At the conclusion of the event, members of the audience viewed the 50 historic photographs from the Soviet Jewish struggle curated by Asher Weill.: