Twenty-five years ago, on the eve of the Washington, DC summit between Soviet Premier Gorbachev and President Reagan, Baltimoreans joined an estimated 250,000 people demonstrating on the national mall in an unprecedented display of solidarity for Soviet Jewry—and in doing so changed the course of history. The Jewish Federations played a pivotal role in organizing the event and bringing tens of thousands of participants.
Associated leadership led much of the action in Operation Exodus, the national movement to free Soviet Jewry. Following this historic event, more than 1.5 million Jews left Russian for lives of freedom.
Operation Exodus demonstrated the power of The Associated and the Federation movement to change the world. From 1990 to 1997, this campaign successfully raised $1 billion to rescue and resettle Soviet Jews in Israel and North America. The 25th anniversary of Operation Exodus presents an occasion to celebrate this tremendous achievement and the impact it has had on our community to date.
For more information on The Journey, Together week of events, please contact Mary Haar or call 410.369.9311.
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Gordon Center Kickoff | 8:30 p.m.
The Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gywnnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills
Having started playing on a toy piano when he was three, Russian born Ethan Bortnick is now 13, a piano prodigy, and holds the Guinness World Record for being the youngest musician to host a solo concert tour.$36 in advance, $42 at the door.Register >>
Family Festival | 1:00 p.m.
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
3506 Gywnnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills
Performances by the St.Peterburg Trio (Washington Balalaika Society), Kalinka Dance Ensemble of Baltimore, Vlad Fridman and the UMBC Russian Choir, Russian treats, Russian PJ Library Story Telling, Let My People Go Art Exhibit, screening of the film Refusenik and a special presentation by four-time gold-medal winning swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg. Email Gail Zuskin for more information and sponsorship details.
Comedy on the Rocks Young Adult Event | 7:00 p.m.
Temple Oheb Shalom; 7310 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore
“When people hear I’m Russian, they always assume I’m either in the Mafia or good at math. Unfortunately, I’m just a…”
Russian comedian Vicky Kuperman commands the mic while you taste the finer foods and vodkas of the mother land. $8/ticket – all proceeds to support the Baltimore-Odessa Partnership. Register now >> or contact Gail Zuskin for more information: 410.559.3505.