A new opera, Slaying the Dragon, by composer Michael Ching, with libretto by Ellen Frankel, will have its world premiere in Philadelphia at the Prince Music Theater June 7 and 9 during the national Opera America Conference, with additional performances at the Academy of Vocal Arts on June 14, 16, and 17. It will be presented by Center City Opera Theater.
Following the Six Day War in 1967, the Soviet Union restricted Jewish emigration. The Soviet government feared that Jewish citizens would share valuable information about the Soviet Union with Israel and the United States. The American Jewish Community galvanized into action. American Jews were still ashamed of their lack of action when Jews were being annihilated by the Nazis in the 1940s. The Soviet Jewry Movement was born.
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