Not too many Jewish supplementary schools can boast an alumni roster featuring Academy Award winning brothers, an interior designer with his own nationally syndicated television show who counts Oprah among his fans and a 3-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. But Talmud Torah of Minneapolis can!
Yes, these amazing individuals all attended Talmud Torah, a community school located in St. Louis Park serving students in grades 2-12 with a curriculum based on three major principles: Torah (study), Avodah (worship), and G’milut Hasadim (acts of loving kindness).
On Sunday, May 15, 2011, the Talmud Torah will hold its Annual Benefit honoring Tom Friedman with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Lifetime Achievement. The event, which will be held at Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnetonka, will begin at 7:00 p.m. and includes a dessert reception. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions to this Q & A forum. A VIP reception and dinner will take place prior to the program starting at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.,respectively.
Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist. He is the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of five bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat. Friedman began his writing career at the London Bureau of the United Press International, and went on to work at The New York Times in various capacities, where he currently writes the Foreign Affairs column, a job he “always aspired to,” he says. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Friedman was a student at the Talmud Torah from 1961 to 1965.
Also to be honored are Dr. Mort and Merle Kane, longtime community leaders and philanthropists who will be recognized for their ongoing commitment to Jewish education. The Kanes have a passion for promoting Jewish education for all ages. They helped institute the Ethical Start program at the Early Childhood Center at the JCC, which focuses on pre-school children and their families, teaching them about Jewish values and living a Jewish life. They have also developed and funded a number of continuing education programs and scholarships for teachers at various Jewish schools.
How can you win tickets to see Tom Friedman on May 15?
Answer this question in the comments to this post before Friday, 4/29/11 at 5pm for your chance to win: Who was the most important teacher in your Jewish education? We’ll draw the lucky winner’s name randomly, so there’s no right answer.
[Eds. Note: We’re defining “Jewish education” loosely folks. We’re not just talking about your amazing Torah teacher in Hebrew school (shout out to Yosi Gordon, though). Did you get your Jewish education from Adam Sandler? Or from a specific junior high school literature teacher who introduced you to The Diary of Anne Frank? Let us know. ]
(Image: Courtesy of Tom Friedman)