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Opening of "Let My People Go!" in New York


Opening of "Let My People Go!" in New York

Over 150 people attended the opening of the Let My People Go! exhibition at The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, in New York City.   The crowd included many people who had been a part of the struggle for Soviet Jewry.

“You came from near and far then and now," Shula Bahat, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot of America, said, addressing the crown. "You were and still are a part of a heroic and significant chapter in Jewish and universal history, a chapter that should be commemorated, a story that must be told over and over again so that it will be etched in the hearts and minds of new generations.”

Avinoam Armoni, Beit Hatfutsot CEO, noted in his speech that Beit Hatfutsot is very proud to partner in this effort to celebrate the movement for Soviet Jewry, making this exhibition accessible to wide audiences and perpetuating the heroic story of the Jewish people.


In attendance were Feliks Frenkel, President of Folksbiene, the Yiddish Theater, Cheryl Fishbein, Chair of the American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, Judith Stern Peck, chair of Beit Hatfutsot Gala Steering Committee and Member of the International Board of Governors, Leonid Nevzlin, Chair of Beit Hatfutsot International Board of Governors, Irina Nevzlin Kogan, President of the NADAV Fund and member of the Beit Hatfutsot Board of Directors. There were many refuseniks and heads of organizations active in the Soviet Jwry Movement who came from all over the United States for the event.

In addition, on November 3rd, over 200 young professionals and students mostly of Russian Jewish descent visited the exhibit guided by a former refusenik and an activist in the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry.

The exhibition, which will be on display through March 2012, will be a platform for a variety of Beit Hatfutsot of America activities. The exhibition was originally displayed in Beit Hatfutsot in 2007 (curator: Rachel Schnold).