Joseph Telushkin, American rabbi, lecturer, bestselling author of more than 15 books, and considered one of the most prolific writers of contemporary Jewish books, will be in San Antonio to headline an evening marking the 25th yahrtzeit of the Rebbe on Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m., at the Chabad Center, 14535 Blanco Rd.
Telushkin is the author of Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History, which landed on the New York Times bestseller list within days of its June 10, 2014 release and is continuing to make ripples, well beyond the Jewish community.
The book tells the inspiring story of the late Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the prominent yet deeply modest leader who rebuilt a dwindling post-holocaust community into an influential worldwide Jewish organization.
The only rabbi to have received the Congressional Gold Medal and for whom an American national day was proclaimed in his honor, Rabbi Schneerson is widely credited with breathing new life and vitality into a decimated Jewish People after the holocaust, completely transforming the landscape of Jewish life.
The Rebbe‘s teachings about the inherent goodness of all mankind, along with the infinite potential of every individual and each good deed, boldly redefined Judaism’s role in the world at large and left a lasting impact on all of humanity.
Joseph Telushkin spent five years researching and writing this 640-page biography of the Rebbe. In addition to this book, he is the bestselling author of Jewish Literacy, A Code of Ethics, and Biblical Literacy among others. He was named by Talk Magazine (September, 1999) as one of the fifty best speakers in the United States.
Rabbi Telushkin was ordained at Yeshiva University in New York, and pursued graduate studies in Jewish history at Columbia University. He resides in New York City with his wife, Dvorah Menashe Telushkin, and their four children.
He lectures throughout the United States, serves as a Senior Associate of CLAL, and is on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Book Council.
The event is free and open to the entire community. Interested participants may call (210) 764-0300 or visit www.chabadsa.com/telushkin.