Special guest: Gal Beckerman, The Forward
In December 1987, more than 250,000 people marched on Washington to protest the plight of Soviet Jewry. On the 25th anniversary of this largest gathering ever for a Jewish cause in the United States, Gal Beckerman, author of When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry, will reflect on the history and long-term impact of the Soviet Jewry movement. Beckerman is the opinion editor at The Forward. He was a longtime editor and staff writer at the Columbia Journalism Review and has also written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. His book, When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010) was named was one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker and theWashington Post, and received both the 2010 National Jewish Book Award and the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.
Dessert reception to follow.
Sponsored by David, C'71, and Patricia Silvers, CW'72, the Jewish Studies Program of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Hillel, and the Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. This is the 17th Annual Silvers Visiting Scholar Program.