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Past Event

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.

MLF Organizer
Celia Menczel

A Middle East Member-led Forum program. Forums at the Club are organized and run by volunteer programmers who are members of The Commonwealth Club, and they cover a diverse range of topics. Learn more about our Forums.

May 10, 2022

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embacadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States


Margalit Ir

Chair, Repair the World Committee, Congregation B'nai Shalom

Celia Menczel

Chair, Middle East Member-led Forum, The Commonwealth Club of California

Additional Speaker TBA

Rabbi Daniel Stein

Rabbi, Congregation B'nai Shalom—Moderator