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Category: Yuri Shtern – Life Story


1949-1966 Yuri Shtern was born in Moscow in 1949, and spent most of his childhood in central...

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University Studies and Zionist Activism

1966-1981 Yuri excelled in high school and upon graduation, he was accepted at  Moscow University’s Faculty of Economics and Cybernetics. Over the next decade, he completed his BA and MA degrees and at age 29, he received his ...

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First Years in Israel 

1981–1995 Upon arrival in Israel, the Shtern family moved into the absorption center in Mevasseret Zion, outside Jerusalem, together with other families who had been part of the group of aliya activists in Russia. For the first...

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Activities for Soviet Jewry

1985-1989 Soviet Jewry Education and Information Center By 1985, Yuri’s work with his friends in the Soviet immigration group, which had continued unabated, became his sole focus. Believing he was lucky to flee the Soviet...

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Knesset Activities

1996 – 2007  Yuri’s move into political life was not an obvious transition because he was, in fact, not a politician. But his sense of mission and his understanding that this was indeed a natural progression tipped the scales in...

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The Christian Allies Caucus

On January 5, 2004, MK Dr. Yuri Shtern established the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus (KCAC), comprised of 14 members of Knesset. Its goal: to build a direct line of communication, cooperation and coordination between the...

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Yuri’s Illness

May 2006 – January 2007 Yuri had been a healthy man, and had been in fine physical shape. Working intensively for 12–14 hours a day, seven days a week, was routine for him. But it would seem that the hard work, stress and...

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