Meet the Author 8.00pm Thursday 13 June
Yosef Mendelevich, who was born in Riga, was
one of those involved in the Dymshits-Kuznetsov hijacking affair. He was
imprisoned for eleven years, serving with Natan Sharansky and other
dissidents, was released in 1981 and immigrated to Israel and headed an
organization called the Soviet Jewry Information Center. Since moving to
Israel he has become a rabbi affiliated to the Religious Zionist
movement. Rabbi Mendelevich is a globetrotting speaker and lobbies for
the release of Jonathan Pollard.
Join us to hear Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich talk
about his book
Spirit - A Heroic Story of Faith, Courage and Survival.
In the Latvian capital Riga, after the Second World War, a Jewish boy in
the Soviet Union grew up in an atmosphere pervaded by anti-Semitism.
After his father was arrested, during one of the waves of anti-Semitic
persecutions that swept through the Soviet Union, his mother died of
At the age of 19, he founded an underground organization which struggled
for Jewish rights including the right to study Torah. At 22 years of
age, after his attempts to receive an exit visa were repeatedly refused,
he participated in an attempt to hijack a plane to the West which led to
his arrest and sentence of 12 years. This struggle opened the first
cracks in the Iron Curtain and eventually brought about the mass exodus
of Soviet Jewry and its dramatic Aliyah to Israel.
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