Retired Navy Officer to Speak at AJBN October Event

Retired Navy Officer to Speak at AJBN October Event

LCDR Samuels leads a burial at sea. Photo courtesy of Adam Samuels.

By Jennifer Lava

Austin Jewish Business Network’s next speaker and networking event will feature U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Adam Samuels (retired), who will present The Salty Jew: How to Balance Spiritual Values and Mission in the 21st Century Navy.

The event will be held Tuesday, October 16, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Threadgill's North Austin, 6416 North Lamar Boulevard.

Samuels was a surface warfare officer on Navy warships and military command staffs for more than 20 years. He supervised a ship department of more than 100 sailors in six junior officer program managers, coordinated naval operations and ballistic missile defense in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Western and North Pacific, implemented U.S. government biodefense and infectious disease pandemic prevention programs in Central Asia and Africa, and acted as the senior naval firefighter preparing a new crew of a warship still under construction. At the same time—for 20 years—Samuels volunteered to be the Jewish lay leader, providing for the spiritual needs of his shipmates on two destroyers, one cruiser and two aircraft carriers when a Jewish Navy chaplain was not available.

Learn about how he was able to balance his professional responsibilities for leading almost 100 sailors and planning multinational ship missions, yet find time and energy to maintain and strengthen his Jewish identity in an austere environment, reaching out to Jewish communities as far away as Barcelona, Cape Town, and Baku Azerbaijan, and hold weekly Shabbat services or a Passover seder in the warship's classroom, an area no bigger than a walk-in closet, for more than eight months.

Be sure to hang out after the speaker and spend some extra time networking.

To attend the event, park in the back or at the building north of Threadgills. Enter the back door, and go immediately to the right into the enclosed patio.

AJBN invites to the event all Jews, those partnered with Jews and Shalom Austin members. AJBN welcomes people in all fields and professions, people hiring, people looking for work, people providing services, entrepreneurs, those who work for others, those new in town and who have been living in Austin for years. Bring business cards, promotional materials and resumes to share.

AJBN does not charge an entrance fee, but asks attendees to order a meal, not just a drink or dessert, while enjoying an evening of networking, education, camaraderie and door prizes.

The October meeting will be the last one with a speaker for the foreseeable future. Upcoming happy hours will be held at and sponsored by different businesses around town. Free food and drinks, door prizes and chances to meet and connect with other community members will be provided.

AJBN’s events change locations, so RSVP and get complete details of all AJBN meetings and events at

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For questions, to donate door prizes or to sponsor an event, contact Jody Lockshin, chairman, at

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