Friday, March 29 - 7:00 pm
at Temple Emeth Social Hall • 100 West Roxbury Parkway • Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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Friday night Shabbat dinner with with Refusnik & Author of Unbroken Spirit Rav Yosef Mendelovich Topic Unbroken Spirit: A Heroic Story Of Faith, Courage and Survival

Yosef Mendelevitch with President Reagan, Vice President Bush and Avital Sharansky in the White House, May 28, 1981.

About Rav Yosef Mendelovich
Mendelevich was born in Riga and started his Jewish activities in the 1960s. He formed a student group of underground Jewish Education in 1966 and became an editor of an underground newsletter Iton on Jewish issues in 1969. Being repeatably refused the right to immigration, he became one of the leaders of the Dymshits–Kuznetsov hijacking affair, recounted in his 2012 memoir, Unbroken Spirit. As punishment, he was imprisoned for eleven years.

During the imprisonment he was punished for keeping Jewish precepts. In 1981, after a worldwide struggle, he was released and immigrated to Israel.

He served in Soviet prisons with famous the Jewish dissident Natan Sharansky. In Sharansky's memoir Fear No Evil he describes innovative ways Mendelevitch used to communicate with Sharansky, such as through both toilet bowls and radiators. 

Since moving to Israel, he has become a globetrotting speaker on behalf of various causes, such as lobbying for the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard in the USA. Mendelevitch has become a popular speaker in various Jewish communities and has spoken out on controversial issues relating to Israel and the former Soviet Union.