Women’s League for Chabad to hold annual Salute to Jewish Womanhood

 The Women’s League for Chabad will hold its annual Salute to Jewish Womanhood program on Sunday, October 6, at 12:30 pm. The program will begin with a buffet lunch and will feature Lieutenant Commander Laurie Lans who will speak on “Live from Sadam Hussein’s Palace: What’s a nice Jewish girl doing in a place like that?!”
“When you meet Lans you don’t even think of using the ‘What’s a nice Jewish girl doing in a place like this’ line to characterize this Jewish military officer’s unique time serving our nation’s military in both Iraq and Afghanistan,” warned Rivky Slonim, only half jokingly. “She’s not a girl and she doesn’t like clichés.”
As a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy Reserve, Lans served on active duty in the Middle East supporting Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom from January-August 2003. She was activated once again to full time service and joined the ground forces in Iraq from September 2005 to September 2006, and most recently served in Afghanistan from June 2010 to June 2011. She and her husband – who is an active duty chaplain – are currently stationed at Fort Benning, GA.
Lans speaks internationally on her experiences. While stationed in war zones, she upheld her duties not only militarily, but also as a Jew despite the obstacles she faced. “She tells stirring stories of events, such as a giant menorah lighting ceremony in none other than Saddam’s palace, and how she and her husband were the only rabbi and wife to be sent to Afghanistan,” said organizers of the event. “She’ll also speak about the steps she took to honor the Sabbath and keep kosher. She describes amazing people she met along the way in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Jews from around the world who were just as surprised to see her as she was to meet them.” 
In a recent interview Lans stated, “I’m grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to serve my country; I’m so humbled to wear the uniform. Joining the military was one of the best decisions of my life. I’m also so proud to know I’ve been able to serve, even during war, never having to compromise my Judaism or devotion to the Jewish people.”
The event couvert is $18. Sponsorships, which include entrance for one, are Friend $54, Sustainer $72 and Benefactor $100. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling Chabad at 797-0015 or online at www.Jewishbu/womanhood.