Monday, April 27, 2009

Natan Sharansky is Coming to Cal!

Natan Sharansky Speaks at Cal!

Hosted by Tikvah: Students for Israel, Jewish National Fund, Caravan for Democracy, and Media Watch International

Tuesday May 5, 2009 at 7pm in 155 Dwinelle (Doors open at 6:30)

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When Natan Sharansky was denied the right to an Israel exit visa in 1973, he joined other Soviet Jews in their fight for freedom, as well as the Soviet Union's human rights movement. He soon became an unofficial spokesperson for both causes and was accused of conspiracy with the US government in 1977. After serving 9 of the 13 years he was sentenced to prison, he was released with the help of his wife's international campaign, and he emigrated to Israel on the very same day.

Sharansky has since been an integral part of increasing Jewish emigration to Israel, specifically from Russia - he founded the political party "Yisrael B'Aliya" in 1996. Sharansky also co-founded Peace Watch in 1994 and has served as Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in 4 Israeli governments. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1986 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.

Sharansky has written 3 books. His first, "Fear No Evil," is autobiographical and details his years in prison. "The Case for Democracy" is a New York Times bestseller arguing his views on freedom. His most recent book, "Defending Identity," was just released last June.

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A New Post! Finally! This time, with some updates...

Sorry we haven't posted anything in a while. It's been a busy time and more regular posts are soon, to come. In the meantime, here's a quick runthrough of some of our latest events:

Israeli Peace and Diversity Week (March 2 - 6)

Monday, March 2: LGBT Rights in Israel

Tuesday, March 3: 8-10 pm in 242 Dwinelle - film screening of "Live and Become"

Wednesday, March 4: Refugee Day, 11-2 pm
LAVON MERCER, 8:00 pm, East Madrone Room - Former professional basketball player speaks about his experience as an African-American living in Israel and volunteering in the IDF.

Thursday, March 5: PEACE RALLY at noon on Savio Steps

Friday, March 6:Path to Peace, 11-1 pm on Sproul.

On Thursday, May 23 we screened the film "The Case for Israel," a documentary based on Alan Dershowitz's best-selling book. 60 people came to the event and there was a discussion/Q and A session afterwards. Thanks to all who came, and we hope you learned a lot.

**We'll try to post some pictures from the events on the blog soon, too.

We'll keep you updated on more exciting events to look forward to. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at