July 17, 2013
Sarah Vogel's Home
1387 Dawn Drive, Ambler, PA 19002
Join Jewish National Fund and Sarah Vogel for a night of wine, cheese and inspiring stories from Marina Furman.
Speaker: Marina Furman, Former Refusenik and Leader of the Soviet Jewry Movement
Event Chair(s): Sarah Vogel
As featured on CNN, hear Marina Furman’s remarkable story of bravery and courage, first-hand, and learn how she became one of the most powerful catalysts for the release of the Soviet Jewry.
Marina Furman hails from Kiev, Ukraine, but became a refusenik at the age of 18, beginning a ten-year effort to convince the Soviet government to give her and thousands of Russian Jews the permission to immigrate to Israel. In 1986 Marina married Lev Furman, one of the most prominent underground Hebrew teachers in Leningrad; together, they survived a number of terrifying attempts on their lives and were finally given permission to make aliyah to Israel in 1988. Throughout her career, she has served as Assistant to the Mayor of Raanana, a renowned speaker, a scholar in residence on many missions to Israel and Europe, writer and director of the documentary, “Shalom, I am Aliyah” and Executive Community schlicha, (Israel emissary) to the Jewish Community of Greater Philadelphia. Today, Marina serves as Regional Director of Eastern Pennsylvania for Jewish National Fund and her family continues to be featured in productions and publications for WHYY and CNN.
Co-Chairs: Tami Astorino, Sarah Kahn, Amy Relles, Sarah Vogel
Read more about Marina's story and the Soviet Jewry movement