My Talk at the JNF National Conference

I want to speak to you today about a love affair, a love affair that may very well be the longest, most continuous love affair in history.  Like most love stories, it entails a pledge to be loyal to each other forever, through good times and bad.   Only it is the story, not of …

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In Memory of Governor Marvin Mandel

We are gathered here today:  people from all walks of life and from all parts of the state:  The powerful and the mighty, along with the simple and the common folk.  The leaders, movers and shakers of our state are all here, as are the humble everyday citizens who loved and elected Marvin Mandel to …

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Rabbi Weinblatt’s Speech at a Baptist Church on the Charleston 9

Rabbi Weinblatt organized a national effort endorsed by 18 major national Jewish organizations to show support for the African American community and to express abhorrence of the horrific act of violence in Charleston, SC. Below is the sermon he gave this past Sunday at the People’s Baptist Church in Silver Spring, MD.   Speech at …

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In Memory of Herman Taube

The Book of Job, a book which challenges traditional notions about God is appropriate to quote when speaking about Herman Taube.  It says, “Yesh lakesef motza, umakom lazahav yazoku: “There are mines for silver, and places where gold is refined. Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from rock. But where can …

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Briefing to Israeli Delegation

Last month I was invited to attend a meeting in New York to brief staff members of Israel’s Knesset who were accompanied by members of the Israeli media. The session was part of a multi-day visit to educate Israeli opinion and decision makers about the American Jewish community. I spoke to them in Hebrew in …

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Advising Presidential Campaigns

I received an invitation to attend an off-the-record meeting at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee with members of the Obama campaign staff. Those in attendance included a handful of representatives of Jewish organizations, as well as Peace Now and J Street.   The off-the-record meeting was opened by Ira Forman, who is directing …

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JCC Dinner of Champions

I was honored to be asked once again to offer the invocation at the annual Jewish Community Center Dinner. This is an important fundraiser which raises approximately $250,000 to support the outstanding work of the JCC, especially its special needs and inclusion program.   JCC Sports Hall of Fame 2010 We gather tonight in the …

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