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Virtual Rabbi's Tisch with Al Hirshen

Friday, June 12, 2020 20 Sivan 5780

6:15 PM - 8:00 PM

The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man

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Al Hirshen has led an unusual life. He learned street-smarts in the Bronx, helping out at his father's candy store, worked as a waiter in the Catskills to pay for his schooling, and became a lawyer. He was a participant in many of the pivotal changes of our times, as a Civil Rights Lawyer in the 60s, then as a pioneering anti-poverty lawyer and creator of the first public/private partnerships in the Carter Administration.

After the breakup of the former Soviet Union, he was among the first USAID consultants to work in Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia and Albania. For nine years Al worked as a consultant to the leadership of Indonesia during that nation's turbulent transition to democracy. Al has a rare sense of humor and a profound love of life, the world, and people. He conveys deep appreciation of the beauty around us, of friendship, and the transcendent spirit of humanity. Al's talk will focus on his new autobiography, written with the award winning writer, Renate Stendhal.   

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