September 2018 -- Elul-Tishrei 5779,  Volume 24, Issue 9

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Dynamic Guest Speakers to Headline Temple Sholom’s Fall Programming

As part of its yearly programming mission, Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT strives to bring distinguished speakers to engage the Fairfield/Westchester Jewish community.


This fall, Temple Sholom welcomes four guest speakers: Amotz Eyal, Founder and Director of Tazpit Press Service (TPS), on Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 pm. Eyal will speak during the Dessert Opening Reception for “Everyday Heroes,” a photo exhibit on display at Temple Sholom. The photos in this exhibit highlight the rescue squads of the IDF and have been provided by TPS. Eyal will be joined by Ohad Ben-Ishay, an IDF soldier who was severely wounded in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge.


On Thursday, October 19, Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Director, will present a public presentation entitled “A 360° View of Anti-Semitism in 2017.” Greenblatt, who was included on this year’s “Power & Influence Top 50” list in The NonProfit Times, is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovative leader with experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Prior to heading ADL, he served in the White House as Special Assistant to President Obama and Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.


On Wednesday, November 1 at 7:00 pm, Chief Political Correspondent and Analyst for The Jerusalem Post, Gil Hoffman, will discuss “Peace, Politics and Plutonium: An Insider’s Look at the Mayhem in the Middle East.” Hoffman, referred to as “The Most Optimistic Man in Israel” by Israel Television, has interviewed every major figure across the Israeli political spectrum and has been a regular analyst on CNN, Al-Jazeera and other news outlets.


Lastly, Fred Behrend, Holocaust Survivor and author of Rebuilt from Broken Glass: A German Jewish Life Remade in America, will speak at Temple Sholom’s Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) Commemoration on Thurs., Nov. 9 at 7pm. Behrend, who was 12 at the time, will recount his family’s escape from Nazi Germany to Cuba and will share vivid memories of Kristallnacht.


All of these programs are free and open to the community. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alice Schoen at 203-542-7165 or