Shalom Austin Announces 4th Annual JAMen Speaker Series

Shalom Austin Announces 4th Annual JAMen Speaker Series

Jewish Austin Men (JAMen), Shalom Austin’s men’s group dedicated to improving the lives of Jewish men of all ages and backgrounds as fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, friends, Americans and Jews through thought-provoking speakers and small group discussions, today announced its fascinating and eclectic lineup of dinner speakers for 2018 - 2019.

“When founding JAMen it was important to us that it be more than just a social club, but a safe space for men to connect personally, professionally and consciously. The speaker series has evolved not only to educate, but to invite serious discussion about serious issues, and to identify ways that members of our community can contribute to one another and to the world,” said Burt Kunik, JAMen founder and co-chair.

The dinners, held monthly at JCC Austin, from October through May, will offer food, fine wine and craft beer, along with TED-style talks and lively discussions about the issues affecting the Jewish community, Austinites and the nation.

JAMen membership is required to attend the programs along with discounted payments toward the cost of dinner.

This season’s speaker lineup includes:

October 3: Rabbi Ed Feinstein
The History of Chutzpah

Feinstein is senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California. He serves on the faculty of the Ziegler Rabbinical School of the American Jewish University, the Wexner Heritage Program, the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and lectures widely across the United States. Feinstein is also the author of multiple books, including “Judaism in the Twenty-First Century: Human Responsibility, the Presence of God and the Future of the Covenant.”

November 7: Ross Ramsey
The Day After: What the 2018 Elections Tell Us about Austin, Texas and America

Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, where he writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Prior to joining the Tribune, Ramsey was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly.

December 5: Avi Jorisch
Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World

Jorisch, an entrepreneur and Middle East expert, is the author of five books, including the best-selling “Thou Shalt Innovate.” He is a senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and founder of IMS, a merchant processing company that services clients nationwide. A thought leader in exploring global innovation trends, the Arab world, counterterrorism and illicit finance, Jorisch previously served in the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Defense. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Jorisch’s work is regularly seen in the nation’s top newspapers.

January 23: Eric Fingerhut
Engaging the Next Generation: The Challenges and Opportunities of Jewish Campus Life

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Fingerhut is a former Ohio State Senator U.S. Congressman and Democratic Party candidate for U.S. Senate. He later served as chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, where he oversaw Ohio’s system of public universities and colleges. Appointed as president and CEO of Hillel International in 2013, Fingerhut leads the oldest and largest Jewish campus organization serving students at more than 550 colleges and universities worldwide.

February 20: Chris Del Conte
Advancing the Rich Longhorn Legacy

Del Conte is vice president and director of athletics at the University of Texas at Austin and former director of intercollegiate athletics at Texas Christian University. He is nationally recognized for developing winning programs, upgrading facilities, improving the fan experience and helping student-athletes excel on and off the field.

May 8: Terry Lickona
Celebrating Four Decades Inside Austin’s Eclectic Music Scene

Lickona has been working as producer or executive producer of “Austin City Limits,” the longest running music show on television, since 1978. Instrumental in creating the PBS program’s unique sound, Lickona also has served as the co-producer of the Grammy Awards since 2011, as well as a co-producer of the Latin Grammys. He is a past chairman of the board of the Recording Academy, formerly the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and a trustee of the Latin Recording Academy.

For more information on membership levels, early bird pricing, membership benefits and dinner fees, visit shalomaustin.org/JAMen. Keep up with JAMen on Facebook or Shalom Austin on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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