Pauline and Philip M. Piaker Lecture to feature Rabbi Joseph Telushkin on Sept. 23 at the JCC

Reservations are currently being accepted for the Annual Pauline and Philip M. Piaker Lecture to be held on Monday, September 23, beginning 7:15 pm, at the Jewish Community Center in Vestal. The evening, titled “One People, One Heart,” will feature guest speaker Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, who will address “five lessons from the Rebbe that can change your life today.” The evening is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton and the Jewish Community Center. The event is open to the community free of charge, but reservations are necessary and can be made at or by calling Chabad at 797-0015. A dessert reception and book signing will follow the lecture.
Telushkin is the author of 16 books on Judaism. In 2014, Telushkin released “Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History,” which appeared on all of the major bestseller lists, including the New York Times Best Seller list, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly.
Telushkin’s book “Words That Hurt, Words That Heal” inspired Senators Joseph Lieberman’s and Connie Mack’s Senate Resolution 151 to establish a National Speak No Evil Day in the U.S., a day that would encourage Americans to go for 24 hours without saying anything unkind or unfair about, or to, anyone. His book “Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History” is one of the best-selling books on Judaism of the past two decades and remains a foundation text for Jews, non-Jews and prospective converts alike.
“This year, we are honored to be able to bring Rabbi Joseph Telushkin to Binghamton to speak at the Piaker Memorial Lecture,” stated Alan Piaker on behalf of his siblings. “A prolific writer and best-selling author, Rabbi Telushkin has written several of his books on Jewish ethics, a topic very dear to my parents. As a professor at Binghamton University, my father published a number of articles on ethics as it related to accounting, and his readings on Jewish ethics profoundly influenced his career as a professor of accounting and as a CPA.  Please join us in welcoming Rabbi Telushkin to our community and to experience an evening of Jewish learning from this dynamic speaker!”
Telushkin tours the United States as a lecturer on Jewish topics. He has been named by Talk Magazine as one of the 50 best speakers in the United States. He has been on the Newsweek list of the 50 most influential rabbis in America since 1997. He wrote the episode “Bar Mitzvah” on the television show “Touched by an Angel,” guest-starring Kirk Douglas. Telushkin was ordained at Yeshiva University in New York and pursued graduate studies in history at Columbia University. He resides in New York City with his wife, Dvorah Menashe Telushkin. They are the parents of four children.