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Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture
"Risks to Our Future: Together We Can Win!"

We are immensely proud that Natan Sharansky has agreed to come to Massachusetts to be this year's speaker for the 9th annual Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture. Join us for an historic evening, marking the 25th anniversary of Sharansky's release from prison, on Sunday, March 11 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30) at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill.

Anatoly Sharansky was the iconic symbol of the "Soviet Jewry" movement in the 1980's and now serves as Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). After immigrating to Israel in 1986 following nine years in Soviet prisons, Natan Sharansky founded the Yisrael BaAliyah party and served as trade and industry minister during Netanyahu's first stint as prime minister. Sharansky was also interior minister in Ehud Barak's government and deputy prime minister and housing minister under Ariel Sharon.

We hope you will join hundreds of other proud Jews in welcoming Natan Sharansky to our community. The Boston-based SAFAM, with their unique Jewish-American sound, will perform several numbers that evening including "Leaving Mother Russia", written 25 years ago about Sharansky's struggle for freedom from Soviet oppression.

This program is free and open to the public.

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