Ukraine's Patriotism, Putin's Brutality and World Empathy

In the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, great attention has been focused on a part of the world at the nexus of national and ethnic concern. On April 3, Rabbi Daniel Stein and Margalit Ir visited Krakow, Poland, to help Ukrainian refugees. In this special Commonwealth Club program, they will discuss their experience.
Ir, who is the child of Holocaust survivors, emigrated from Israel, which like many other countries has welcomed Ukrainian refugees. Celia Menczel, who sits on the elected council of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, will talk about her family and about Vladimir Putin's autobiography First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President, which was recently mentioned in The Economist.
Celia Menczel
Margalit Ir
Chair, Repair the World Committee, Congregation B'nai Shalom
Celia Menczel
Chair, Middle East Member-led Forum, The Commonwealth Club of California
Rabbi Daniel Stein
Rabbi, Congregation B'nai Shalom—Moderator
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently hosting all of our live programming via YouTube live stream. This program was recorded via video conference on May 10th, 2022 by the Commonwealth Club of California.
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