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Israeli politician and human rights activist Natan Sharansky will speak tonight to members of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, focusing on his work as an advocate for Soviet Jews.
A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Medal of Honor, Sharansky “represents a generation of people around the world who fought for Soviet Jewry,” according to a released statement from the federation. He currently serves as the chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, a federation partner.
“A human rights advocate before he was imprisoned [in the gulag], Sharansky continued fighting for Soviet freedom immediately upon his arrival in Israel. He established the Zionist Forum to assist new immigrants from the Former Soviet Union integrate into Israeli society.”
“Prior to his current position, Sharansky served in four Israeli governments as minister and deputy prime minister.” He is also the author of three books.
Sharansky's speech is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnestonka.