The Jewish people have demonstrated their strength time and time again. The Refusenik movement of the 20th century is a foremost example: Hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews experiencing oppression in the USSR, along with Jews they mobilized across the globe, fought Soviet authorities’ efforts to “refuse” Jewish emigration, primarily to Israel, based on false charges.
As with the many narratives and stories we share about strength and the triumph of the underdog, women are the often unnoticed and under-celebrated heroes of this story. With the help of our partners at OpenDor Media, we learn more about the women without whom this chapter in our people’s history would look very different.
As we examine the stories of women like Avital Sharansky and Ida Nudel, we have the opportunity to step into their shoes, discovering our gratitude for their bravery and how we might find it reflected in our own lives: