New JAMen Forum Season Features Outstanding Speaker Lineup

New JAMen Forum Season Features Outstanding Speaker Lineup

The Jewish Austin Men Dinner and Speakers Forum wrapped up its 2016-17 season on May 17 with a fun-filled night featuring comedian and actor Elon Gold. This past season, the JAMen Forum welcomed a wide variety of guest speakers from Professor Jeremi Suri of the University of Texas discussing the future of the American Presidency the day after the November elections to Andrew Fastow, former Enron CFO, sharing his fall from grace and road to redemption, to Professor Steven M. Cohen of Hebrew Union College analyzing the latest demographic data challenging the future of the American Jewish community.

“Jewish Austin Men is a unique group that provides a little something for everyone,” says founder and co-chair Burt Kunik. “We have incredible speakers that you won’t be able to hear anywhere else, excellent food and wine and craft beers and our diverse membership ensures excellent discussion and networking opportunities.”

The third season opens on September 13 with Rabbi David Wolpe, the Max Webb Senior Rabbi at Sinai Temple of Los Angeles. Named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, Rabbi Wolpe is a spellbinding speaker and author of eight books. His newest book entitled “David, The Divided Heart,” was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and is in development for a major motion picture by Warner Bros. and Gulfstream. He will address “@realKingDavid.”

Next Jewish Austin Men welcomes Scott Haltzman, MD on October 18. A board-certified psychiatrist and internationally-recognized author and expert on infidelity, marriage and committed relationships. Dr. Haltzman has appeared on numerous national and local television and radio programs and has been quoted in leading newspapers and magazines. Co-author of the best-selling books “The Secrets of Happy Married Men”, “The Secrets of Happily Married Women” and “The Secrets of Happy Families” and author of “The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity” Haltzman will share his groundbreaking research on relationships.

On November 15, JAMen welcomes Austin treasure Ray Benson to share his story of how a six-foot-seven Jewish hippie from Philadelphia started a Western swing band in 1970. More than 40 years later, with 25 albums and 10 Grammy Awards, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel are still drawing large crowds worldwide. In his new autobiography, “Comin, Right at Ya,” Ray shares his unique and colorful journey in the music world and his deep connection to Austin.

The December 13 Forum welcomes liberal journalist J.J. Goldbergof The Forward and conservative journalist Jonathan Tobin of the National Review to debate the future of Israel. Goldberg and Tobin are distinguished journalists and good friends who agree on almost nothing! Wherever you stand on the current internal and external challenges facing Israel, you can expect to learn a great deal from both Goldberg and Tobin and to experience an all too rare civil discourse.

JAMen’s first forum of 2018 will be on February 7. In an age of innovation akin to the Industrial Revolution and with Austin one of its epicenters, JAMen is excited to welcome three cutting-edge Austin area innovators to deliver “Tzed Talks” at the JAMen Forum for the Future. Curated by Brett Hurt of Coremetrics, Bazaarvoice and data.world fame, the program will offer unique perspectives of visionary and disruptive changes designed to produce major social good.

The final forum of the 2017-2018 season will be on April 25 with Mack Brown, former head football coach of the University of Texas Longhorns. He served as head coach from 1998 to 2013 where he won the NCAA Division 1 National Championship in 2005 and his team played for the National Championship against Alabama in 2009. Prior to the Longhorns, Brown served as head football coach at North Carolina, Tulane and Appalachian State and assistant coach at Oklahoma, LSU, Iowa State and Memphis State. Brown is now a college football studio analyst on College Football Countdown and contributes to halftime and postgame shows for regional and Saturday night national games.

Membership is now open for the third season with the best line up of speakers yet! Membership levels and membership benefits can be found at www.shalomaustin.org/jamen. Registration for the season, each forum, and the meal package can all be completed online.

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