After more than 70 years of closed borders, the former Soviet Union allowed more than one million Jews to immigrate to America and Israel in the late 1980s. American activism under Operation Exodus had a large part in this change in policy and the Richmond Jewish community in the resettlement of 800 refugees.
Twenty-five years later, Jewish Family Services and the University of Richmond Hillel are creating a permanent collection of the experiences and memories of the families who immigrated and the community volunteers who welcomed them.
“Draw Back the Curtain,” a feature-length documentary film, is the culmination of three years of student driven research and interviewing of immigrants and resettlement volunteers. The larger project includes multiple museum exhibitions, and an upcoming digital archive.
University of Richmond Collaborators:
School of Arts and Sciences
University of Richmond Museums
Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives
Weinstein Jewish Community Center
Generously Sponsored by:
Retta Leigh Keil
Bob and Cindy Rolfe
Susan and Mark Sisisky
Twin Rivers Foundation
Woody Funeral Home
This program is financially supported in part by the Genesis Fund of Richmond Jewish Foundation