I am on a journey, to make Aliyah, and want to share my journey with my family, friends and anyone that is interested. I made the decision to make Aliyah in December 2002 and now I am actually doing it. This blog will chronicle my story and adventures leading up to getting on the plane and then the continuing story of the beginning of my new life in Israel and what I experience once there.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Another Speaking Event

Next Sunday will be a Gathering, a rally, or some such thing at the South Carolina Statehouse in support of Israel. A group of people have pulled this together with an amazing lineup of speakers. I have also been asked to speak and have agreed to do so, but I do feel a little outgunned, but it's a program on a subject that means a lot to me, so I go into this with genuine excitement. I have never truly spoken in public, speaking in shul to a room of people that I mostly know or even a business presentation to 8 people that I don't know is not the same as speaking in front of the central government building, on the steps, with cameras, reporters, supporters and probably a few people who are not supportive of Israel.

I would like to note that this has been assembled by a group of people who are true friends and lovers of the State of Israel. Not all are Jewish. I met a couple "Zionistic Christians" when I was volunteering in the IDF, but didn't realize that there are actually a good number, even right here in South Carolina.

So, who is on this amazing list of speakers that I get to share the microphone with:

  • US Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC)
  • SC State Representative Mac Toole (R-District 88)
  • Rabbi Jonathan Case - Beth Shalom Synagogue, Columbia, SC
  • Avi Posnick – East Coast Outreach Director - Stand With Us, New York, NY
  • Kathleen Cox – Vice President - Israel Always, Charleston, SC
  • Bob Schwartz – Assistant Exec Vice President - American Friends of Magen David Adom, Miami, FL
  • Pastor Gene Rowell - Gantt Street Baptist Church - Cayce, SC
  • Rebecca Pinsker & Friends - Music - Education Director - Beth Shalom Synagogue, Columbia, SC

So, my friends if you are in the area next Sunday, May 17th, join us in front of the SC Statehouse from 2 until 4, rain or shine, but I'm hoping for shine. Wear your Blue and White!

1 comment:

Amos said...

Matt, my friend, I assure you, you were not outgunned!