The Akron Jewish community is invited to come together for a series of Community Shabbat Dinners in 2018. The first will be held on Feb. 16 at Anshe Sfard, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a Kabbalat Shabbat service and dinner at 6 p.m.
The evening's speaker will be Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger. He will share his amazing life story, as chronicled in his book A German Life: Against All Odds Change is Possible, which describes his struggle growing up in Germany in the shadow of his father, a highly-decorated WW II tank commander and Nazi officer. Dr. Wollschlaeger eventually converted to Judaism, emigrated to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a medical officer.
In Spring 2018 he will release his novel Samson's Shadow and his book Stauffenberg: My Live in the Shadow of a Hero.
Dr. Wollschlaeger also actively participated in the documentary The Ghosts of the Third Reich, which was aired in the US, Europe, Brazil and China. In addition he is producing a documentary titled Elias' Dream: A Man's Journey Towards Peace, highlighting the issue of Jewish-Arab co-existence in Israel.
Dr. Wollschlaeger is a board-certified family physician in private practice in Florida. He also serves as a voluntary clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Miami. School of Medicine, the Florida International and the Florida State University College of Medicine.
RSVP and registration information for this event will be forthcoming through AJN, the synagogues, and the Shaw JCC.
Save the date for future Community Shabbat Dinners: May 25 at Temple Israel and Aug. 24 at Beth El. The events are co-sponsored by Anshe Sfard, Beth El Congregation, the Shaw JCC, and Temple Israel.