Rabbi Aryeh Spero was the guest speaker at Philadelphia ZOA's Fall Quarterly Meeting
Rabbi Spero, who heads Caucus for America and has a new book, Push Back: Reclaiming the American Judeo-Christian Spirit, left us with some powerful ideas during his passionate and fiery talk. One of the keys: Jews need to emphasize our connection to the land of Israel. Often when a Jewish person is asked where his or her family comes from, he or she will name a country in Europe such as Poland, Russia or Germany. Rabbi Spero noted that these places were largely temporary stopping-off points, and that we should declare that Israel is our homeland and that is where we come from.
The meeting began with a wonderful D'var Torah by Rabbi Eric Yanoff, religious leader of hosts Temple Adath Israel, who also emphasized our connection to the land, an a report by Philly ZOA Co-President Howard Katzoff about his recent emergency trip to Israel with the Conference of Presidents.
Photos by Richard Chaitt
More Than 50 From Philadelphia Area Attend 2011 National ZOA Brandeis Dinner. Honorees included media personality Glenn Beck, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Philadelphians Jerome and Judy Taylor. About 800 people attended the event. Other speakers included ZOA National President Morton Klein, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson.
Meeting the Congresswoman: A large contingent from Philadelphia enjoyed the Gala. Philadelphia ZOA members meet with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) at the pre-dinner reception. (From left): ZOA-GPD Co-President Howard Katzoff, Pnina Feiner, ZOA-GPD Vice President Mort Gleit, Bachmann, Philadelphia and National ZOA Board Chairman Michael Goldblatt, and ZOA Mid-Atlantic President Lewis B. Dashe. In the background is National ZOA Vice President Steve Goldberg.
ZOA-GPD Co-Presidents Lee Bender (left) and Howard Katzoff greet honoree and keynote speaker Glenn Beck.
Some of the honorees and dignitaries gathering before the dinner (from left) include honorees Jerome and Judy Taylor of Philadelphia; members of Congress Dan Burton (R-IN), Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.), honoree Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Bachmann; and National ZOA President Morton Klein
Muckraker, Atlas Shrugs blogger, patriot and journalist Pamela Geller confers with ZOA-GPD Board Member Rabbi Jean Claude Klein as Co-President Howard Katzoff looks on.