Regional Subsidized Speakers Program The Northern New Jersey Region – Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs has instituted the Regional Subsidized Speakers Program to meet the following goals and objectives: To provide member Clubs with a resource for dynamic speakers dealing with a diverse number of topics of interest to our Jewish Community. To disseminate pre-packaged publicity materials for each Subsidized Speaker Program. To encourage Club participation in the Program by providing a subsidy of $100 per speaker and up to $200 per club per year for approved programs To provide each Club with ongoing support for the development of each of these programs. To consult with each club in developing follow-up activities for each of our subsidized programs. To encourage Clubs to participate in the FJMC Torch Award Program. Regional Subsidy To encourage club participation, the region will subsidize up to two programs for $100 each, Please follow these simple steps to receive your subsidy: 1. To be eligible, you must book the speaker through the Speaker Bureau. 2. If two clubs have a joint program, each club can apply for a $100 subsidy. 3. Send a written conformation to Howard Pearlson that the speaker has spoken at your temple. Indicate the name of the speaker, the topic and the date on which he/she spoke. Also indicate the name and address of the check recipient. You can send this via e-mail to email@example.com or: Howard B. Pearlson 10 London Place Somerset, NJ 08873 Phone: (732) 873-1335 Cell: (908) 872-0703 Available Speakers From The Regional Subsidized Speakers Program Please Note: The list of speakers presented here represents a combination of current and past speakers. The availability of any speaker for an event will need to be confirmed. We also welcome your input to help us grow this list of informative and provocative speakers. Please send your suggestions to Howard Pearlson (firstname.lastname@example.org.) Jewish Themes and Topics NEW: Children and Family: (Source – Peter Gotlieb, Temple Beth Shalom, Livingston) *Joanne Doades – Certified Jewish Family Educator & Director of Curriculum Development – Union for Reform Judaism’s Department of Lifelong Jewish Learning Joanne has recently authored a book, “Parenting Jewish Teens - Why Are Today's Parents So Perplexed?” A premise of the book is that the world has changed, and so have our teenagers. They are growing up in an environment characterized by a highly sexualized marketing blitz and by media images that denigrate parents and other authority figures. Finding common ground has become more of a challenge than ever before. For today’s Jewish parents, life can be even more complicated, as we try to maintain Jewish values Her program will provide your synagogue congregants with a model they can use to support and guide Jewish teens through this tumultuous family transition. Topics that will be addressed include: •How is my Jewish teen’s life different from my life when I was a teen? •How do I cope with the pain of separation as my child enters the teenage years? •What are the causes of the conflict between me and my teen, and how can I help our family move through our most difficult moments? •How must my own behavior change as my teen grows older? •Is it possible to live with differences in Jewish belief and observance within the same family during my child’s teenage years? This is a wonderful program that can help your club attract new members Fee: Joanne’s fee is $350 Hate Crimes: *Etzion Neuer - Anti- Defamation League of B’nai Brith Mr. Neuer is the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. His topic of expertise is the many hate crimes in the US and throughout the world. Health: *Jayne Mackta - New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research – President: Jayne spoke at the last President’s Dinner back in June 2005. Her topic of expertise is a very controversial one; Stem Cell Research. She is willing to speak at any Synagogue in Northern New Jersey. Holocaust: Stockton State College Several speakers are available from the Holocaust Resource Center at Richard Stockton State College, Pomona, NJ. The biography of Dr. Carol Rittner is listed below. Other speakers may be added. Dr. Carol Rittner, RSM Dr. Carol Rittner, RSM, a Roman Catholic Sister of Mercy, is a Distinguished Professor of Literature at Stockton State College. She has authored numerous Holocaust articles, edited several books and served as executive producer of two films, “The Courage to Care” (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary) and “Triumph of Memory.” Her topics include: Rescuers during the Holocaust, Churches during the Holocaust and Women during the Holocaust. Israel: *Eran Doron - Government of Israel Economic Mission – Deputy Economic Minister to North America Mr. Doron’s topic of expertise is the economic condition of Israel and his objective is to encourage investment in Israel by professional people as well as lay people. This is of course in light of the continual threats as well as acts of terrorism against the state. He has given many lectures on the economic condition in Israel. *Lieutenant Amit Shuker: Israeli Defense Force (51/2 years service) Mr. Shuker speaks on the Geopolitical Situation in Israel and terrorism. His presentation is based upon his frontline military experience and his contacts with current members of the IDF and the Israeli intelligence community. During his presentation, Lieutenant Shuker carefully explains the events and consequences of the Second Lebanon War, and points out what was the IDF’s missions and goals, and what tactics the Hezbollah used during the war. He has lectured at several synagogues in NY, NJ and CT. Topics included in the presentation are: Israel and Middle East geography. Israel History. Threats: Terrorist Organizations – Hammas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah. Iran and Syria. The second Lebanon War: > history, missions and the situation today. Hezbollah and the recent crisis. Territories and the second "Intifada" - reasons, terror attacks, "The Fence" and the army missions. International politics and the reason Israel is/was isolated. Fee: When booked through the FJMC, Mr. Shuker charges a fee of $300. *Andrea Yonah: Executive Director, New Jersey-Israel Commission Andrea gives many lectures of commerce between the State of New Jersey and Israel. She is also willing to speak in the Northern and Central New Jersey regions. Jewish Literature NEW: Benjamin Nelson: Professor of English and Comparative Literature Farleigh Dickinson University (Source; Jeff Green; Temple Beth El Somerset) Professor Nelson is an engaging presenter. He has a number of presentations on Jewish literature and culture. His initial presentation (see item #25 at Temple Beth El Somerset was so well received that he was asked to come back a second time (for item# 9) at the behest of the audience. Many of his presentations can be done as a one-time lecture, as multiple lectures or as a scholar in residence multi part presentation. Professor Nelson has won a Distinguished Faculty Award from his University & an Educators Award from JTS Fee is Approximately $450 per lecture but is negotiable. Here are some of his more popular themes: 1. The Crucible of Justice: Four trials that rocked the Jewish World The Dryfus Affair The Beiliss Trial The Leo Frank Case The trial of Adolph Eichman 2. The Reign of Terror in U.S.A. The Rosenberg Case & The Cold War (2 or 3 part lecture) 3. From Shylock to Fagin to Leopold Bloom: The Image of the Jew in English Literature (2 or 3 part lecture) 4. Hollywood & the Holocaust (One or two part series) 5. From Hester Street to Hollywood: The Image of the Jew in American Film (2 or 3 part series) 6. Giants of Yiddish & Hebrew Literature single or multiple part series) *Sholem Aleichem *S.Y. Agnon *I.L. Peretz * Isaac Bashevis Singer 7. American Jewish Literature: Affirmation or Illusion (3 or 4 part series) 8. Queens & Princesses; The Image of the Jewish Women in American Literature & Film 9. Woody Allen & the Jews: Image of the Jew in Allen’s Films 10. The Critical Pen: Israeli Writers on Israel 11. Cynthia Ozick Discussion & Analysis: 12. Saul Bellow: Discussion & Analysis 13. Phillip Roth; Discussion & Analysis 14. Bernard Malamud: Discussion & Analysis 15.Arthur Miller Discussion & Analysis 16 Tennessee Williams: Discussion & Analysis 17. The Mystery of Hamlet: Discussion of the Most Puzzling Character in the History of Drama 18. Tough Guys: Three Novels of Machismo in American Literature (3 part series) The OX-Bow Incident – Walter Van Tilburg Clark The Sea Wolf Jack London Deliverance: James Dickey 19. Women Who Shocked the Literary World Mary Shelley: Frankenstein Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre Emily Bronte Withering heights Kate Chopin: The Awakening Zone Neal Hurston Their eyes were watching God 20. Ethnic Literature in America (multi part series from among the following:) Abraham Cahn: The Rise of David Levinsky Henry Roth: Call it Sleep Richard Wright: Native Son Toni Morrison: Beloved Oscar Hijuelos The Mambo kings Play Songs of love Amy Tan The Joy Luck Club David Guerdon: Snow Falling on Cedars 21. Things that go Bump in the Night Three famous Tales of Terror (2 to 3 part series) Frankenstein Mary Shelly Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson Dracula Bram Stoker 22. The Twisted Star: American Jewish Writers on Anti Semitism (2-4 part series) Arthur Miller: Focus Saul Bellow: The Victim Philip Roth: Eli the Fanatic & Defender of the Faith Bernard Malamud: The Tenants 23. The Bible as Literature (one or multiple part series) Noah & The Flood Saul & David Ruth & Esther The Book of Jonah The Book of Job 24. The Righteous & The Rebellious: The Love Hate Relationship between American Jewish Writers and Their Readers. 25. Hollywood, Humor & Hitler: What are the Boundaries of Comedy? 26. Philip Roth’s American Quartet: American Pastoral, I married a communist, The Human Stain, The plot against America 27. Arthur Miller thru a Jewish Lens.The Jewishness of Millers, plays, short stories & novels 28 Miller & McCarthy: Miller’s The Crucible & and A view from the Bridge in the context of McCarthy America. 29. McCarthy & the Movies: The effects of McCarthyism on movies of the 50s & 60s. 30. Triple Taevya: Sholom Aleichem’s famous tales and the two film versions of them: Maurice Schwartz’s Tevya the Dairyman & Norman Jewison’s Fiddler on the Roof (comes with film clips) 31. Steven Spielberg’s film Munich: A Discussion of one of the most controversial movies of the decade 32. Three by Spielberg: A discussion of the Spielberg films: Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and Munich. (Can be customized 1 – 3 part series) 33. The Gospel According to Gibson A discussion of the film the Passion of the Christ in terms of its cinematic and social impact 34. The Star Spangled Screen: A discussion of how Hollywood has reflected the United States at war. The American combat film from WWII to the present. 35. The Yiddish Theater: Turbulence, Triumph and Tears (1-3 part series) Jewish Press: *Andrew Silow-Carroll: Editor-in-Chief of the New Jersey Jewish News Andrew is well versed on many topics regarding Israel and the American Jewish Community as illustrated by his weekly column. He is also willing to speak about almost any related topic at any synagogue. Jews & Sports: *Alan Freedman - Director, National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, Commack, Long Island. Mr. Freedman He is willing to speak anywhere in the New York metropolitan area and does not ask for an honorarium. Along with the lecture he shows a one-half hour videotape of Jewish athletic accomplishments. Mr. Freedman encourages Hebrew School kids to attend, if that is possible, so that they may identify with Jewish athletes. Fee: Alan Freedman does not charge a fee but donations to the hall of Fame are appreciated Rabbis: Rabbi Eliot Malomet - Highland Park Conservative Temple, Highland Park, NJ Rabbi Eliot Isaac Malomet was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies from the University of Toronto, spending his Junior Year abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He attended Graduate School at McGill University in Montreal, studying the History of Jewish Biblical Interpretation. Rabbi Malomet was ordained in 1990 by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Upon ordination he served as Rabbi of Congregation Adat Re'im in Montreal, Quebec and since 1994 has assumed the pulpit of the Highland Park Conservative Temple and Center, in Highland Park, NJ. Currently he serves on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County, teaches 7th and 8th Grade Rabbinics at Solomon Schechter Day School of Raritan Valley, lectures on a variety of Jewish subjects and contributes articles to the local Jewish press. In his spare time he enjoys bicycling and playing floor hockey, and is coach of a weekly floor-hockey group at the Raritan Valley YMHA. Rabbi Malomet is available to speak on a wide variety of subjects including: Biblical Interpreters: Who's Who The Essential Midrashim The History of the Jews of Canada 1972 Canada-Russia series Jews, Judaism and Technology Rashi The Psalms Rabbi Randall Mark - Congregation Shomrei Torah, Wayne, NJ Rabbi Randall Mark is the spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Wayne, NJ. Prior to serving this congregation he was the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Ahm in Verona for five years and the student rabbi of Congregation B’nai Shalom in Piscataway. Originally from Minneapolis, MN he received his Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College; his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and Rabbinic Ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and he also earned a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. Rabbi Mark is active in the Conservative Movement. He is a Past President of the NJ region of the Rabbinical Assembly (RA). He was the coordinator of the Practical Rabbinics sessions at a recent International RA Convention. He is currently the Chairperson of the Movement’s Religious Leaders Counsel in NJ. He is also the Chairperson of the Rabbinic Advisory Committee of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union and also serves on their Board of Governors. He also teaches Rabbinics at the Gerrard Berman Day School, the Solomon Schechter in Oakland. The Rabbi is also involved in his local community serving on the board of the Federation of North Jersey and he is a member of the Wayne Clergy Fellowship. When in Verona he served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Family Service of MetroWest and he was a MetroWest Chaplain serving The Mountainside and Montclair Community Hospitals. He was also a member of The Mountainside Hospital Ethics committee. Topics: Rabbi Mark can speak on a wide range of subject matter including: 'Living as a Conservative Jew', 'Medical Ethics' and 'Torah as Practical'. Rabbi Mark is married to Dassy (Horn); they have four children: Avi, Penina, Raffi & Danit who attend the Schechter school in West Orange. Rabbi Jay Kornsgold - Beth El Synagogue, East Windsor, NJ Rabbi Jay Kornsgold came to Beth El Synagogue in 1994. Under his leadership, Beth El has grown from under 210 families to just over 300. He is passionately involved in all aspects of the synagogue and has even been known to work through the night past sunrise. While ritual, education and even political demands of the synagogue are some of his strengths; his passion lies in helping people through times of need. In addition to serving Beth El, Rabbi Kornsgold is a Past President of the New Jersey Region of The Rabbinical Assembly. He serves on the Joint Placement Commission of the International Rabbinical Assembly and on the Board of Overseers of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is also an active member of the Executive Committee of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of State of Israel Bonds; the Committee on Religious Ministries at The Medical Center at Princeton; the Mercer/Monmouth Committee of the Jewish National Fund and the Alumni Association at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is also the recipient of the 1997 Rabbinic Achievement Award by The Council of Jewish Federations. He is immediate past president of the Board of Rabbis of Princeton Mercer Bucks and is a past president of the Windsor-Hightstown Area Ministerium. Rabbi Kornsgold received his Rabbinical Ordination, Master of Arts and Bachelor’s degree from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He also completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Columbia University. During his rabbinic studies, he served as hospital chaplain at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. In addition, he worked as the research assistant to the late Dr. Gerson D. Cohen, Chancellor Emeritus of the Seminary. As a student and after he was ordained, Rabbi Kornsgold was the spiritual leader of Congregation Shaare Zedek in New York City. Together, Rabbi Jay and his wife, Leslie, are ardent Zionists. This past summer they led Beth El’s first synagogue trip to Israel. Rabbi Jay and Leslie have three children, sons Noam and Yona and daughter Yaffa, all of whom were born here into the Beth El community. Rabbi Kornsgold is available to speak on a wide range of subject matter; some of his favorites are: The Jewish Calendar: An Overview End Of Life Issues: A Jewish Perspective How To Build A Jewish Library At Home Birth, B’nai Mitzvah and Marriage: Feeling God’s Presence Slavery: *Maria E. Sliwa Maria Sliwa is perhaps not as well known as her brother Curtis, the founder of the Guardian Angels, but in her own right has her own causes. She is the head of an organization that advocates women’s rights and exposes the abuses of women, especially in Third World Countries as well as many of the Arab countries. She is a staunch supporter of the State of Israel. One of the reasons for this is because they treat women with relative dignity as compared to many of the other countries of the world. She has exposed many of these countries as having treated their women as slaves and cites that slavery is against the Jewish principles. She has spoken at many synagogues and would be willing to go almost anywhere in the New York area, let alone Northern New Jersey. Fee: Maria Sliwa does not charge a fee but donations to the anti-slavery movement are most welcome. Note: With your help the Speaker’s Bureau will continue to grow. Please send your nominations for new Speakers to Howard B. Pearlson (see Contact Information above) Also note that additional speakers can be obtained from United Synagogue of New Jersey. They have an “Authors Program.” For more information, please contact the New Jersey Regional office at 732-738-4301 Secular Topics Financial Getting & Staying Out of Debt (Source: Robert Persily: Temple Beth El Somerset) NEW Norman Perlmutter, CPA (The “Get Out Of Debt Coach”) Is the Author of How To Settle Your Debts. He assists individuals and businesses with Debt Management, Financial Rehabilitation, Credit Repair and IRS Problem Resolution. Previously and for 18 years he owned and operated a collection agency helping creditors collect debts from individuals and businesses. He has presented seminars and workshops to numerous audiences on credit and collection subjects and he is often consulted by businesses regarding debt collection, credit and insolvency matters. Norm is a frequent guest on Talk Radio including National Shows (CBS and CNN) and he appeared on the TV Show Money Matters Today, which featured his book discussing the problem of consumer debt and how to best deal with it. His presentation can cover topics related to debt, credit, IRS issues and related topics that attendees are most interested in. Norm also discusses our generation’s dilemma with debt, the root causes of debt and the implications of debt for middle and upper class families and for our children. Question and answers are encouraged. Speaker Fee: $300 Sports NEW: David Kaplan; Director of Yogi Berra Museum (Source: Ed Birch – Congregation B’nai Tikvah, North Brunswick) Yogi Berra the Man, the Myth, the Museum Dave Kaplan is the director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center a nonprofit sports education organization on the campus of Montclair State University. He is a former journalist, having covered sports for the Associated Press and New York Daily News, until he became a founding director of the Museum in 1998. Mr. Kaplan created and conducts many of the education programs (including Learning Sportsmanship and Baseball and Social Justice) at the Museum, which hosts over 20,000 students annually. He has also collaborated with the legendary Yogi Berra on three books, including the New York Times best-seller, "When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!" He and his wife Naomi have three daughters and live in Montclair, NJ. Suggested Donation: $200 NOTE: We Need Your Help! With your help the Speaker’s Bureau will continue to grow. Please send your nominations for new Speakers to Howard B. Pearlson (see Contact Information above) Also note that additional speakers can be obtained from United Synagogue of New Jersey. They have an “Authors Program.” For more information, please contact the New Jersey Regional office at 732-738-4301 Application Form Regional Subsidized Speakers Program Northern New Jersey Region Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs Date of Application: _____________________________________________________ Club Name: ___________________________________________________________ Club Contact: __________________________________________________________ Phone: _______________________________________________________________ Speaker Requested: ____________________________________________________ Topic Requested: ______________________________________________________ Program Location: ______________________________________________________ Program Date and Time: _________________________________________________ Alternate Dates: ________________________________________________________ Amount Budgeted for Program, Including Regional Subsidy: $____________________ Fill out the requested information and submit it at least four (4) weeks before your planned program to: Howard Pearlson: email@example.com 10 London Place, Somerset, New Jersey 08873 Home: 732-873-1335 Cell: 908-872-0703 You will receive a confirmation notice and a program publicity packet (If Available) when your speaker is booked. If the requested speaker is not available on the requested date, the Northern New Jersey Region will work with you to select an alternate date or a different speaker.
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