When I asked Temple Bat Yahm’s President Scott Seigel about this endeavor it was an easy answer for him, “There were three endeavors I wanted to bring to Temple Bat Yahm during my two-year term. Two have been launched… The third endeavor is to launch a brand new Distinguished Speakers Series.”
Temple Bat Yahm has provided adult education over the years, with a variety of speakers relating to Jewish history and cultural relevance. However, Seigel wanted something more “… vibrant, contemporary, charismatic, and a unique voice to Temple Bat Yahm.” He has no doubt that the upcoming speakers will bring sharp dialogue along with modern ideas. He also wants to open conversations around the care, commitment, and support of one another, the Jewish community and Israel.
Temple Bat Yahm is kicking off the 2015 Distinguished Speaker Series with best-selling author Ron Wolfson. Wolfson is a speaker whose enthusiasm for bringing Judaism alive in homes and institutions has shaped his work in the community. Seigel states, “His presentations are filled with touching and wildly entertaining stories and frankly his message is the blue print for our future.”
Connecting with one another and sharing the collective Jewish journey is at the forefront of Wolfson’s message. Wolfson will offer his main presentation at Temple Bat Yahm after services Friday, February 6th at 7:15 p.m. with a dinner catered by Blueberry Hill. It is Seigel’s hope that everyone will seize the chance to hear Wolfson’s transformational stories.
The service is open to the entire community and information about the dinner, signed books, and photo opportunity can be found at www.tby.org.
Dr. Lisa Grajewski is a therapist with Jewish Federation & Family Services in Orange County and an Adjunct Professor at Argosy University and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Grajewski has been with JLife Magazine since 2004.
TBY’S DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS
The following speakers are part of Temple Bat Yahm’s Distinguished Speakers Series.
Peter Walsh: Wednesday March 4th 11:00 a.m. luncheon – An expert in organizational design, Peter Walsh is a television & radio personality as well as the author of numerous New York Times best-sellers. Peter’s aim is to help people live richer happier lives with a little more organization.
Rabbi Rick Jacobs: TBD Winter 2015- Rabbi Rick Jacobs is president of the Union for Reform Judaism and a dynamic and engaging Rabbi and speaker.
Dennis Prager: Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.- Known as one of the most dynamic, compelling, articulate, controversial and compelling speakers in the Jewish community; he is also one of America’s most respected thinkers, has a nationally-syndicated radio talk show and is a syndicated columnist. He has written four books including a #1 bestseller.