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Raj Rock
· February 18, 2016
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Today we mourn the loss of Edgar M Bronfman, z"l, an incredible person who helped and touched so many.

While serving as President of the World Jewish Congress, Edgar helped untold thousands and brought to light many an injustice.

His loss is great and one can only hope his legacy will be a reminder to strive for greatness in leadership, philanthropy, family and most of all ourselves.

Mr. Bronfman helped the liquor company acquire other businesses and make a stake in Hollywood, and was a champion of the rights of Jews.
nytimes.com

To our hero, Avital Sharansky.

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Read all about Avital Sharansky in this great pre-event piece in the Jewish Week.

Natan’s wife, Avital, who campaigned for his release from prison, will step out of the shadows, at least for one night.
thejewishweek.com

On Tuesday May 28, join us in New York with Avital Sharansky who will be recieving the Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award at the The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS).

The American Jewish Historical Society provides access to more than 20 million documents and 50,000 books, photographs, art and artifacts that reflect the history of the Jewish presence in the United States from 1664 to the present.
ajhs.org

7,000 of the 500,000 Jews who served in the Soviet force live in Israel.

Once a year, Israel's Jewish war veterans don suit jackets and uniforms dripping in Red Army medals, with the shiny bronzes and silvers pinned to their chests in tight rows.
dailymail.co.uk

Knesset Speaker and former Refusenik, Yuli Edelstein opened the Independence Day ceremony in Israel by saying that he never dreamed as a child that he would stand beside Theodor Herzl’s grave as a member of Knesset.

He noted that 26 years ago to the day he was released from a Soviet prison after serving time for seeking to immigrate to Israel. ”Today… my heart is filled, it is bursting its banks, full of prayer and thanksgiving,” he told the crowd.

Today we celebrate Israel's 65th Birthday - Chag Sameach!

Dignitaries attend Memorial Day closing/Yom Ha’atzmaut opening ceremony at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem
timesofisrael.com

Today in 1986, Refusenik Natan Sharansky is finally freed by USSR after years in prison. Natan now leads The Jewish Agency for Israel.

We invite our camps to join us on Tuesday, January 15th at 1pm EST, for a brief one hour informal call to begin re-integrating our story back where it belongs.

Call-in information will be sent once you RSVP to Dave Weinberg: dweinberg@freedom25.net.

Foundation for Jewish Camp

Camp Professionals:

Please join Freedom 25 and the Foundation for Jewish Camp for an informal chat about incorporating lessons learned from the successful Sovie...t Jewry movement into our camp programming.

We invite our camps to join us on Tuesday, January 15th at 1pm EST, for a brief one hour informal call to begin re-integrating our story back where it belongs.

Call-in information will be sent once you RSVP to Dave Weinberg: dweinberg@freedom25.net.

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Thank you, Congressman Ackerman, for your many years of service to our country and for "personally demand[ing] that tyrants let their people go."

“Who am I?” a departing congressman asks, after nearly 30 years of service in the House.
nytimes.com

Jews from the Former Soviet Union have changed the face of Israel. Did you catch this live on NPR yesterday? If not, listen here.

The former Soviet citizens who flooded into Israel two decades ago have changed the country's demographics, helped strengthen the economy and played a significant role in the general rightward shift of the Israeli electorate.
npr.org

"On December 6, 1987, with Mikhail Gorbachev in office and reforms slowly taking hold, some 250,000 demonstrators flooded the National Mall in Washington. Among them, with his parents, was a 14-year-old named Sergey Brin, who'd go on to co-found Google. He held a sign that read, “Let my people go.” Read more about this amazing movement and Freedom 25 on CNN.com today.

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN If asked to name the monumental chapters in Jewish history over the past century, people are likely to name the Holocaust or the founding of the state of Israel.
religion.blogs.cnn.com

Come read Marina Furman's amazing story as part of the Freedom 25 effort. We are the #2 story on CNN right now! http://www.cnn.com/…/soviet-jewry-protest-anniv…/index.html…

A diverse campaign that freed 1.5 million Soviet Jews and helped end the Cold War has been largely forgotten. Activsts say it can be a model for change.
www.cnn.com

Today, we honor the memory of Senator Daniel Inouye, D-HI. The link below is a letter from NCSJ leadership to the Senator for his "participation [in the 1987 Freedom Sunday Rally] and continued and unwavering support for human rights."

Twenty five years ago, 250,000 people descended on The National Mall in Washington to call for the freedoms of an open society.
scribd.com

Hijacking, death sentences, rallies... freedom. This is the amazing story that started it all. Please give what you can to help fund this documentary on Kickstarter.

It started with the action of a few. The few became many and the echoes of their bravery have reverberated through history.
kickstarter.com

"Iranian human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh sits starving in a prison cell in Tehran. Twenty-five years ago that was me. Protesters carry images of Sotoudeh, and clamor for her freedom. Americans did the same for me. And soon after, I was free." - Marina Furman

A former Refusenik reflects on efforts 25 years ago to open the doors of emigration to Soviet Jews.
washingtonpost.com

Over 1 million reached! Transmitting history & lessons of Freedom Sunday and the Soviet Jewry movement. #jointhemarch freedom25.net