Rally for Gilad Shalit

I was extremely impressed by the energy and raw enthusiasm of the students who organized a rally in November on behalf of Gilad Shalit on the National Mall. The students pulled together in a very short period of time a rally in which they called for 1,600 people to attend to mark the 1,600 days …

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“Live from Potomac: It’s Saturday Night!”

An Evening with Al Franken On Sunday night, June 6th, we presented the David Ifshin Annual Memorial Award to Minnesota Senator Al Franken. The turnout of between 300 – 350 people was the largest we have ever had for this annual event. The award is given in honor of David Ifshin who had a distinguished …

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Blessing a Governor

The early 1970’s when I was a student at the University of Maryland were contentious times.  Confrontation between authority figures and the student body was the standard mode of interaction.   I served as the Director of State Affairs, which meant that I was liaison to the various branches of the Maryland state government on …

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AIPAC Luncheon Invocation – March 22, 2010

We come together this year, on the eve of the holiday of Passover, with a sense of concern and anxiety  — which heightens our appreciation for the urgency of our mission, the nobility of our calling and the importance of our work.   We share our concern about the fate of the State of Israel …

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A Most Unusual Shabbat

There was a great deal of anticipation last Friday night as we anxiously awaited the arrival of Israel’s Ambassador to the United States. Our synagogue has been honored to have hosted his predecessors: Ambassadors Rabinovich, Shoval, Ayalon and Meridor.   I have known Michael Oren for a number of years. From the moment he walked …

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Judah Maccabee’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech

  December 12, 2009   Ladies and Gentlemen of the Nobel Prize Committee I would like to thank you for bestowing upon me this prestigious honor.  I am humbled and deeply grateful to you for recognizing the significance of the victory we have recently won against the Selucids. I accept the award today not just …

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Prayer for Educaton

Governor Martin O’Malley recently asked me to participate in the “National Day of Prayer.”  I was asked to write a prayer for education.  Here is the prayer I wrote and delivered on May 7, 2009.   We gather together today to pray for our nation and our community, for the well-being of the citizens and …

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JCRC Speech:  Pillar of the Community Leadership Award

June 14, 2007   First and foremost, I would like to say how humbled and appreciative I am to receive this recognition from an organization that epitomizes so many of the values that are important to me.  What an honor it is to share this award and this evening, with my namesake, Stuart Kurlander.  Stuart …

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