This April, as we reflect on the themes of Passover, join Havurah on the Hill as we learn about a modern Jewish exodus. During the Cold War the Soviet Union oppressed the millions of Jews living within its borders, yet making it extraordinarily difficult for them to leave the country. This month we will hear from Dr. Slava Gaufberg about his journey as a Soviet Jewish refugee.
Born and raised in Poltava, USSR (now Ukraine), Dr. Gaufberg was chief of labor and delivery at an obstetrical hospital in Moscow. In 1982 he was stripped of Soviet citizenship, and after living in refugee centers in Vienna and Rome, he arrived in the United States as a political refugee. Already a practicing physician, he had to re-train and get re-credentialed after coming to the U.S. He now works for Harvard Medical School as a physician and teacher and is married with four daughters.
Schedule of Events:
6:30 p.m.: Appetizers and Schmoozing
7:00 p.m.: Shabbat Services
8:15 p.m.: Featured Speaker
8:45 p.m.: Shabbat Dinner and Schmoozing
Vilna and Havurah on the Hill will never turn anyone away for inability to pay. If you would like to attend but finances are of concern, please email Director of Communications and Community Outreach Lynne Krasker Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vilna Shul offers free parking with validation for Havurah on the Hill Friday night services. Parking validation is only good for the garage at the Charles River Plaza/Cambridge Street Garage at 165 Cambridge St. This garage is between the Charles River Plaza Shopping Center (Whole Foods) and Au Bon Pain, and across from the Starbucks, near the intersection of Blosson Street and Cambridge Street. Do not enter the Whole Foods lot – the Vilna does not validate for that lot. You will receive a green ticket upon entry. Any other color tickets cannot be validated. Please visit our “Getting Here” page for more information on parking and transportation.