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What we can still learn from Soviet Jewry

A discussion with Izabella Tabarovsky, Senior Program Associate, Kennan Institute (Wilson Center)

An icon of the campaign to liberate Soviet Jews, former 'refusenik' Natan Sharansky attended the Freedom Sunday rally. (Courtesy of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry)
An icon of the campaign to liberate Soviet Jews, former 'refusenik' Natan Sharansky attended the Freedom Sunday rally. (Courtesy of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry)

For Jews living in the Soviet Union, identity was a complicated and sensitive issue. Though many Jews assimilated into Soviet culture, they still forged their Jewish identity through shared cultural interests, get-togethers, and the necessity to stand together in the face of anti-Semitism.

In this episode, host Steven Shalowitz sits with Izabella Tabarovsky, Program Associate to the Kennan Institute, Contributing Writer at Tablet Magazine, and expert on Soviet Jewry, who talks about her experience growing up in the Soviet Union, what Americans can learn from the modern Refusenik movement, the importance of Russian-speaking Jews in the Zionist movement, and what Israel means to her personally.

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