Saving Her Man—and Her People

On the occasion of the 2013 Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award, a video commemorates Avital Sharansky’s nine-year campaign to free her imprisoned husband, sparking a worldwide movement and contributing to the eventual release of more than a million Soviet Jews. (7 mins.)

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More about: Avital Sharansky, Margaret Thatcher, Natan Sharansky, Refuseniks, Ronald Reagan, Shimon Peres, USSR

At America’s Best Universities, Biblical Religion Is a Curiosity, if Not a Menace

Oct. 20 2021

At the time of Columbia University’s founding in 1784, notes Meir Soloviechik, the leader of the local synagogue, Gershom Mendes Seixas, was made a member of its board of regents. A Jewish student even gave a commencement address, composed by Seixas, in Hebrew. In the 20th century, Columbia attracted numerous Jews with the relaxation of quotas, and was the first secular university to create a chair in Jewish history. Barnard College, Columbia’s all-women’s school, was itself founded by a Jewish woman, and today has a large number of Orthodox Jewish students.

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More about: American Jewry, American Religion, Columbia University, Orthodoxy, University