American Jews and the State of Israel: As One or Divided?

Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy in conversation with Jonathan Sarna and Shirley Idelson, based on the book “Never Alone” 

Hear Natan Sharansky, hero of the Soviet Jewry movement and former chair of Israel’s Jewish Agency, along with his “Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People” co-author, historian Gil Troy. They will discuss Israel’s relationship with American Jewry, antisemitism on college campuses, the failed compromise aimed at opening the Western Wall for non-Orthodox prayer services and more with Schusterman Center Director, University Professor Jonathan D. Sarna, and Director of the Hornstein Program, Rabbi Shirley Idelson.  

12:00 – 1:00 PM EST
Zoom event 

Co-hosted by the Office of the President, Brandeis University

Natan Sharansky is one of the most famous former Soviet refusniks and an Israeli politician, author and human rights activist.  Read more.

Gil Troy is a Distinguished Scholar in North American History at McGill University, currently living in Jerusalem, and an award-winning American presidential historian and a leading Zionist activist. Read more.

Jonathan D. Sarna is University Professor, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University

Rabbi Shirley Idelson is Leon A. Jick Director of, and associate professor in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University 

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