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In the final countdown to the U.S. Presidential Election on Tuesday, Radio Chavura speaks with international political analyst Ruth Lieberman about what impact the elections will have on American-Israeli relations.
Ruth is well known in American-Israeli circles for the work she has done as a strategic consultant in both countries. Her clients have included politicians seeking election to the Knesset and U.S. Congress - including current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Ruth has studied the American and Israeli voters and has had her finger on the pulse of the American-Jewish electorate for many years. Ruth is interviewed from Ohio - where she is currently headquartered - to talk about the importance of supporting pro-Israel candidates in this week's election, as Israel faces nuclear and terrorist threats from around the world.
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Dr. Jacobson and
Before Ruth's segment this evening, Radio Chavura listeners will hear from Tami Ellison of The Yizkor Project, and Dr. Rudolph "Rudy" Jacobson.
Tami - who has been a guest on Radio Chavura previously - is organizing the Kristallnacht Community Commemoration to be held at the East Denver Orthodox Synagogue on Sunday night, November 11th at 6:30 pm.
Her program, which is free and open to the public, will feature local Jewish students reading actual survivor testimonies from the "Night of Broken Glass" - including Dr. Jacobson's personal remembrances.
Dr. Jacobson is also a survivor of the MS St. Louis (sometimes referred to as the SS St. Louis) - a ship full of Jewish refugees that managed to escape Germany in 1939, on the eve of World War II. The passengers of the St. Louis - which was subsequently nicknamed "The Voyage of the Damned" - were originally supposed to disembark in Havana, Cuba.
When Cuban government officials changed their minds and refused to accept the refugees who were en route, the ship's crew and passengers pleaded with the United States for help.
Nonetheless, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt turned the ship away from the coast of Miami, FL, and Canadian officials subsequently declined to accept the Jewish refugees as well. The St. Louis was eventually forced to return to Europe, where most of the passengers found themselves once again within Hitler's murderous grasp.
Dr. Jacobson's dramatic tale is one that underscores the importance of Jewish self-reliance.
The Jewish people cannot always count on the assistance of the United States or other friendly nations, as was demonstrated during the St. Louis tragedy. It is a lesson to keep in mind in Iran's march to becoming a nuclear nation.
We never know what much-needed assistance the next President of the United States may be asked to provide Israel in her greatest hour of need - the exact point that Ruth Lieberman articulates in her election analysis on tonight's show.
Thank you to U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado's 5th Congressional District, who facilitated Ruth's appearance on Radio Chavura. Congressman Lamborn has been a steadfast friend of Israel and the Jewish people.
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Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
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Rabbi Kushner, who will be speaking on Tuesday, November 6th, in Denver, was our guest on last week's edition of Radio Chavura. Click here to listen to our interview now.
MACC's 5th Annual JAAMM Festival - a celebration of Jewish culture - will present Rabbi Kushner as the keynote speaker, at 4 p.m. in The Elaine Wolf Theatre. Admission is only $18 and refreshments will be provided. For additional details and tickets, visit: www.maccjcc.org/jaamm or phone: 303-316-6360.
Rabbi Kushner is the author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People and numerous other popular books.