Knesset to mark ‘opening of gates’ for Soviet Jewry today

Some 350 guests are expected to attend a festive reception, sponsored by Limmud FSU and The Jerusalem Post, in the Knesset on Monday afternoon to commemorate “the opening of the gates” for Soviet Jewry a quarter of a century ago.

The event will take place in the famous Chagall Hall with opening remarks from two of the most famous “Prisoners of Zion,” Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky.

Also addressing the audience will be Immigrant Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who made aliya from the former Soviet Union in 1990, as well as US businessman and philanthropist Matthew Bronfman, chairman of Limmud FSU’s international steering committee and the son of Edgar Bronfman, late president of the World Jewish Congress, which played a pivotal role in opening the gates.


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