Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Knosh & Knowledge

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Knosh & Knowledge

September 28, 2018 | 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire
270 State Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230

The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires presents Knosh & Knowledge
The Rosenberg Fund for Children founder Robert Meeropol

The Rosenberg Fund for Children is a non-profit foundation that helps kids in the U.S. whose activist parents have been attacked because they're working to combat racism, protest police brutality, preserve civil liberties, safeguard the environment, wage peace, and organize on behalf of immigrants, workers, prisoners, queer and trans people, and others whose lives are under threat. The Fund makes grants that pay for educational and emotional support services for these “children of resistance.”

The group’s mission honors the resistance of its founder’s parents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, left-wing activists who were executed at the height of the McCarthy Era after being swept up in one of the most controversial legal events in U.S. history.

Over its 28-year history, the Rosenberg Fund for Children has awarded more than $6.5 million to help thousands of children. Robert Meeropol is the younger son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. In 1953, when he was six years old, the United States Government executed his parents for “conspiring to steal the secret of the atomic bomb.”

For over 40 years he has been a progressive activist, author and public speaker. In the 1970s he and his brother, Michael, successfully sued the FBI and CIA to force the release of 300,000 previously secret documents about their parents. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, graduated law school in 1985, and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

In 1990, after leaving private practice, Robert founded the Rosenberg Fund for Children and served as its Executive Director until he retired from that position when his daughter took over the Fund’s leadership in 2013. Robert remains on the RFC’s Board of Directors.

The RFC is a public foundation that provides for the educational and emotional needs of children in this country whose parents have been harassed, injured, jailed, lost jobs or died in the course of their progressive activities. The Fund also supports youth who have been targeted for their own activism. In its history, the RFC has awarded more than $6.5 million in grants to benefit thousands of children and youth in this country.

Robert’s memoir, An Execution in the Family, was published by St. Martin’s Press on the 50th anniversary of his parents’ executions. The book details his odyssey from Rosenberg son to political activist and founder of the Rosenberg Fund for Children.

Program is free. Due to a scheduling accommodation, there will be no lunch offered after the lecture. We will be serving coffee/tea and babka (or similar pastry) upon arrival. No advanced reservations are required for this program.

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Phone: 413-442-4360, ext. 15
Email: [email protected]
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