Participants

 

People that have thus far generously contributed their time and knowledge to the project include:

  • David Harris: Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee and one of the foremost American advocates for Israel’s political and diplomatic standing
  • Alan M. Dershowitz, Esq.: One of America’s most well known civil rights lawyers and Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
  • Natan Sharansky: The most renowned Prisoner of Zion in the Soviet Union (“Refusenik”), former Israeli Minister of the Knesset, current head of the Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Jonathan Adelman: Professor of International Studies at the University of Denver
  • Sam Kliger: Director of Russian Jewish Community Affairs for the American Jewish Committee as well as liaison between AJC and Russian Jewish communities and organizations around the world
  • Boris Gorbis, Esq.: Former Board of Directors for the Jewish Federation and founder of the Association of Soviet Jewish Immigrants
  • Gal Beckerman: Journalist for The Foward, author of When They Come for Us, We’ll be Gone
  • Zev Yaroslavsky: Los Angleles County Supervisor, political activist for the Free Soviet Jewry movement
  • David Shneer: Professor at CU Boulder and former Director of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver, he serves on the board of directors of the Association for Jewish Studies
  • Idan Peysachovish: Director of Art and Education Programs for the Jewish Agency for Israel, Ukraine
  • Gennady Estraikh: Rauch Associate Professor of Yiddish Studies and Clinical Associate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University.
  • Rabbi Moshe Azman: Chabad Chief Rabbi of Ukraine and Rabbi of the Brodsky Synagogue in Kiev
  • Rabbi David Yushuvaev: Rector of Moscow Choral synagogue and head teacher for the Torah mi-Tzion (Torah from Zion) kollel
  • Alec Brook-Krasny: New York State Assemblyman from Brooklyn; Soviet immigrant
  • Alex Litvak: Prominent screenwriter (“Predators”, “Three Musketeers”), Soviet immigrant
  • Dmitry Salita: Professional boxer, Golden Gloves winner, immigrant from Odessa, Ukraine, observant Jew

In addition, the following people have also agreed to participate, with interviews being scheduled:

  • Dennis Prager: Radio talk show host, columnist, author, and public speaker

In addition, this project could not have been made without cooperation and considerable assistance from:

  • The American Jewish Committee (AJC)
  • The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
  • The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
  • The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles