One of the Greatest Jewish Voices of our Generation
May 16, 2016
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Natan Sharansky’s personal story is as remarkable as his professional accomplishments. A child chess prodigy, Mr. Sharansky graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology with a degree in Applied Mathematics and later defeated chess champion Garry Kasparov. In 1977, he was arrested for allegedly collaborating with the CIA and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. After nine years of imprisonment, due to intense international pressure he was released on February 11, 1986, and arrived in Jerusalem on that very day.
As chairman of the Jewish Agency, Deputy PM in several Israeli governments,, founder of the political party Yisra’el B’Aliya, recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom, human rights activist Natan Sharansky speaks with great authority on a panoply of issues and Israel-related topics, including religious pluralism, the unity of the Jewish people and the challenges of being chairman of the largest Jewish global organization in the world.
Natan Sharansky is the author of several bestselling books, including his memoir Fear No Evil, The Case for Democracy and Defending Identity.
Join us in welcoming Natan Sharansky, one of the great Jewish heroes of our generation. Moderated by David Harris, CEO, American Jewish Committee.