The Great Neck Synagogue Men’s Club will present Pamela Geller addressing “Imposition of Sharia in America” on Sunday, April 14, 10:00 a.m. at Great Neck Synagogue, 26 Old Mill Road. Pamela Geller is an American blogger, author, political activist, and commentator. She is known primarily for her criticism of Islam and opposition to Muslim activities and causes, such as the proposed construction of an Islamic community center near the former site of the World Trade Center. She describes her blogging and campaigns in the United States as being against what she terms “creeping Sharia” in the country. She says she is against “Political Islam.” She is a sought-after personality and appears regularly on TV and radio.

Ms. Geller is the founder, editor, and publisher of Atlas, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA). She is the author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America, (foreword by Ambassador John Bolton) and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. She began her publishing career at the NY Daily News and subsequently took over operation of The New York Observer as associate publisher.

Greg Buckley, Sr. will also present a firsthand accounting as the father of a son murdered at the hands of jihadists. Lance Corporal Gregory Buckley Jr., 21, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Div, II Marine Expeditionary Force, was one of three Marines killed in a “Green on Blue” insider attack on his military base in Afghanistan on August 10, 2012. He was working out with fellow marines in the gymnasium when he was shot with an assault rifle by the 19-year-old “tea boy,” assistant of the “allied” Afghan district police chief that Greg was charged with training, who immediately shouted “I did jihad.” The killers were apprehended but soon released to uphold the Obama administration’s policy of “cultural sensitivity” to the needs of the Afghanis. Greg Buckley Sr. is calling for swift justice for the murderers of his son and demanding their prosecution on American soil as terrorists.

According to Rabbi Dale Polakoff, “Great Neck Synagogue rejects the categorizing of any religious majority based on the actions of a minority. It does though believe that it is absolutely appropriate to speak about the actions of such a minority and to evaluate their impact on the perception of the majority of their co-religionists and on the community in general. It is within such a framework that the Men’s Club has invited Pamela Geller and Greg Buckley, Sr. to speak.”

Attendees must present photo ID. The photo ID and the attendee will be photographed. v

Agudah To Honor Diverse Group Of Askanim

Outstanding askanim from a broad array of demographic and geographic backgrounds will be receiving major awards at the 91st Annual Dinner of Agudath Israel of America, scheduled to take place at the Hilton New York on Sunday evening, May 5.

Rabbi Moshe Sherer Memorial Award: Mordechai Friedman. Mr. Friedman was a confidant of Rabbi Sherer, working closely with the legendary Agudah leader in many different areas of askanus. Mr. Friedman has served as an Agudath Israel officer and member of the board of trustees for many years, providing wisdom and sage advice to the organization and serving as an unofficial ‘liaison’ between Agudath Israel and many Chassidic groups.

HaGaon Rav Aharon Kotler Memorial Award: Rabbi Ronald Greenwald. Rabbi Greenwald, longtime director of Camp Sternberg, has been a major player on the international Jewish scene. He has been involved with Jewish rescue throughout the world. He has also been a leader in steering Jewish youth to a life of Torah through his activities on behalf of Torah chinuch.

Moreinu Yaakov Rosenheim Memorial Award: Aron Tessler. Mr. Tessler is a prominent businessman and askan in Flatbush who has been extremely helpful to local bikur cholims. He is a member of the board of trustees of Agudas Yisroel and served as the chairman of the Agudah convention in 2009. He is a proud alumnus of the Yeshiva of Philadelphia and remains close to his rosh hayeshiva, Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, shlita.

Reb Elimelech Tress Memorial Tribute: Reb Yosef Friedenson, a’h. Reb Yosef Friedenson, a’h, was the editor of the Yiddish language publication of Agudath Israel, Dos Yiddishe Vort, for more than 60 years. He was a world renowned Holocaust historian, lecturing on Holocaust issues to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. He was a devoted Agudath Israel askan and is sorely missed by his family, friends and coworkers.

Avodas HaKodesh Awards: Rabbi Binyomin Babad of Lakewood, NJ, Rafi Hassan, of Flatbush, Meir Kagan of Boro Park, Yaakov Paneth of Far Rockaway, and Zvi Richman of Monsey.

Public Service Award: Assemblyman Gary Schaer of Passaic, NJ.

William K. Friedman Leadership Award: Rabbi Eli David, Bnai Yosef Torah Center.

“Our honorees this year,” says Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Agudath Israel’s executive vice president, “are extremely diverse in their respective contributions to Klal Yisrael, yet united by their tireless devotion to the klal. They bring honor to all of us–and it is most appropriate that we give honor to them, at the same time that we provide support for the activities of Agudath Israel.”

Those activities, explains the organization’s executive director, Rabbi Labish Becker, range “from advocating on behalf of yeshivos and yeshiva families to fighting for religious freedom in the workplace, from continuing efforts on behalf of unemployed ba’alei parnassah and Jews in all kinds of need to standing up for kvod Shamayim wherever and whenever it comes under attack.”

“But,” adds Dr. David Diamond, a member of Agudath Israel’s board of trustees and dinner chairman, “there are other important reasons to participate in the Agudah dinner, not the least of which is to give the dozens of government officials in attendance a firsthand look at the vast numbers of people who share our goals and values. To elected officials, numbers do count–and exposing them to the ko’ach ho’rabim of our community often results in tangible benefits to the mosdos haTorah in whose interests Agudath Israel advocates.” v


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