The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry with Gal Beckerman

New York, NY

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This program is preceded by an approximately 30 minute Secular Humanistic Shabbat Service, and followed by a pot-luck desert. 

WHEN THEY COME FOR US, WE'LL BE GONE: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry 


We are privileged to have as our speaker Gal Beckerman, author of this landmark work, named one of the top books of the year by the New Yorker and the Washington Post, and the 2012 Winner of the $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature from the Jewish Book Council.  

At the end of World War II, nearly three million Jews were trapped inside the Soviet Union. They lived a paradox -- unwanted by a repressive Stalinist state, yet forbidden to leave. When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone tells the astonishing and inspiring story of their rescue.   

Drawing on newly released Soviet government documents and hundreds of interviews, the book shows how the movement to liberate Soviet Jewry led to a mass exodus in 1989 and forced human rights into the center of American foreign policy. In cinematic detail, this multigenerational saga, filled with suspense and revelations, provides an essential missing piece of Cold War and Jewish history.

Gal Beckerman is the opinion editor at The Forward. He was a longtime editor and staff writer at the Columbia Journalism Review and has also written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He was a Fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin and the recipient of a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.