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Natan Sharansky in Conversation with Gil Troy

August 29

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Meet Natan Sharansky and hear him tell his personal history. He will be in dialogue with historian Dr. Gil Troy, and they will take your questions.



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Natan Sharansky (1)Natan Sharansky was born in Donetsk, Ukraine. He was a spokesman for the human rights movement, a Prisoner of Zion and leader in the struggle for the right of Soviet Jews to emigrate to Israel. Subsequent to his request to make aliyah, Mr. Sharansky was arrested on trumped up charges of treason and espionage. He was convicted in a Soviet court and served nine years in the Gulag with many stretches in a punishing cell. Following massive public campaigns by the State of Israel, world Jewry and leaders of the free world, Mr. Sharansky was released in 1986, making aliyah on the very day of his release. In his first few years in Israel, Mr. Sharansky established the Zionist Forum to assist Soviet olim in their absorption into Israel. In the 1990’s, he established the Yisrael B’Aliyah party in order to accelerate the integration of Russian Jews. He served in four successive Israeli governments, as Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. In 2018 he received the highest Israeli award, the Israel Prize, for promoting aliyah and the ingathering of the exiles. Mr. Sharansky is the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1986 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. He is the only living non-American citizen who is the recipient of these two highest American awards. From 2009-18 Natan Sharansky served as Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel. After retirement from the Jewish Agency, he continues to serve as Chairman of the Shlihut Institute, which he founded. In July 2019 Mr. Sharansky became Chair of ISGAP (The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy). Mr. Sharansky is the author of Fear No Evil, The Case for Democracy, Defending Identity and, most recently, with Gil Troy,  Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People.

Gil Troy (1)

Dr. Gil Troy is a Distinguished Scholar of North American History at McGill University. He was recently designated as an Algemeiner J-100, one of the top 100 people “positively influencing Jewish life.” He wrote The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s and eight other books on the American presidency. His book Moynihan’s Moment: America’s Fight against Zionism as Racism describes the fall of the UN, the rise of Reagan and the spread of anti-Zionism. Troy has appeared as a featured commentator on CNN’s multipart documentaries, The EightiesThe Nineties, and The 2000s and has been interviewed on most major North American TV and radio networks. He has published essays and columns in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, and The Jerusalem Post. He chairs Taglit-Birthright Israel’s International Education Committee. His new book, co-authored with Natan Sharansky, Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People, was just published by PublicAffairs of Hachette. He currently lives in Jerusalem.


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