Political Commentator and Radio Personality Comes to Northeast Pennsylvania for UJA
“Micah Halpern was the best speaker we’ve had in years!”
The 2012 UJA Campaign heated up with two events that will be talked about for weeks to come.
The beautiful and elegant home of Dr. Shaya and Phyllis Barax of Scranton was the venue for the annual Major Gifts Event. After partaking of a tasty morning brunch, the group adjourned to the Barax living room where Margaret Sheldon, Federation president welcomed everyone and spoke of the needs of the region, the Jewish world as a whole and our role in financially bringing help to all who need it. Then Douglas Fink, 2012 Campaign Chair introduced speaker Micah Halpern of NYC.
Micah Halpern is a political analyst, columnist and radio commentator. But more than that, he is a passionate speaker and excellent raconteur. All who attended were mesmerized by his wealth of knowledge about the Middle East in particular and world events in general. His easy manner was engaging and he offered a question/answer period which was seized upon by the audience.
Untiringly, Halpern gave off the same aura and energy to the evening crowd in the standing room only social hall of Temple Israel of the Poconos in Stroudsburg. While everyone was enjoying a delicious buffet, catered by Colfax Ave Enterprises, synagogue president, Chuck Feinstein welcomed everyone to the ninth annual Pocono UJA Event. Doug Fink, poignantly reminded everyone of the importance of staying involved and even increasing their pledges in these tough economic times, and Margaret Sheldon introduced our speaker.
Once again, the audience was at “the edge of their seats” as Halpern shot off fascinating facts about the state of the Middle East. He explained the nuances of politics and diplomacy of that region and answered questions with confidence and humor. People huddled around him afterward asking for more, and how they can find him on the internet.
Let’s keep the momentum going.
Please increase your pledge to our 2012 Campaign – Scranton, the Poconos, and Jews around the world are counting on us.