Posted on Sep 27, 2002

Joseph Telushkin, spiritual leader of the Synagogue of the
Performing Arts in Los Angeles,  and named
by Talk Magazine as one of the 50 best speakers in the United States,
will be the featured speaker for Union College Hillel on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 1
p.m. in the Reamer Campus Center Auditorium.

The subject of his presentation will be Jewish
Humor:  What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About the Jews
.  This
event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Margo
Strosberg at 388-6539.

 Rabbi Telushkin will
also speak Temple Israel
in Albany on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. The topic for the evening lecture will
be:  9 Lies About Israel
A Defense of the World's Most Maligned Nation
.  There will be a $10 general
admission charge.

Telushkin was ordained at Yeshiva
University in New
York and pursued graduate studies in Jewish history
at Columbia University. 
He lectures throughout the U.S.
and also serves as an associate of CLAL, the National Jewish Center for
Learning and Leadership.

He has written many books including Jewish Literacy:  The Most Important Things to Know About
the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History,
the most widely selling
book on Judaism of the past two decades, and Biblical Literacy:  The Most Important People, Events and Ideas of
the Hebrew Bible,
chosen as a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. His
book, Words That Hurt, Words That Heal,inspired Senators Joseph Lieberman and
Connie Mack to establish a “National Speak No Evil Day” throughout the United
States.  His 1997 novel An Eye for an Eye became the basis for
four episodes of David Kelley's Emmy Award-winning ABC TV series The
and he has co-written three additional episodes of the
program.  With David Brandes, he wrote and was the associate producer of
the 1991 film, The Quarrel.  His newest book, The Golden Land:  The Story of the Jewish Migrations to America,
is scheduled to be published this September.
   The talk, arranged through the B'nai Brith Lecture Bureau, is
being underwritten by the Union College Jewish Chaplaincy Fund, the Union
College Lamont Preachers Fund, and private donors.